Heart of Midlothian Football Club is pleased to support LGBT players and fans through Stonewall Scotland’s Rainbow Laces campaign this afternoon.
Representatives from Tynecastle Pride and Hot Scots FC, Scotland’s first LGBT football team, will be special guests of the club today. Hearts Captain Christophe Berra will wear a rainbow armband in support of the campaign and players have also been issued rainbow laces.
The Rainbow Laces campaign aims to make sporting environments more inclusive for LGBT fans and players by raising awareness of anti-LGBT abuse. Research carried out last year found that 72 per cent of football fans have heard anti-LGBT remarks at games over the last five years, while 20 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds said they would be ‘embarrassed’ if their favourite player came out as LGBT.
Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “We’re delighted that Hearts is supporting Rainbow Laces, and standing with LGBT fans. Many LGBT people want to take part in sport, either as players or fans, but abuse from a small minority makes many people feel unsafe. Wearing Rainbow Laces is a great way to show your support, and to help make sport more inclusive for everyone.”
Follow Stonewall Scotland using @StoneWallScot and get involved in the conversation on Twitter via #RainbowLaces.
Find out more about Stonewall Scotland here.