Our iconic Rainbow Laces have become a symbol of inclusion across sport.
We’ve come so far. Now, it’s time to Lace Up and Keep It Up.
Since Rainbow Laces first kicked off in 2013, over a million of you have laced up in support of LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport.
Sport can bring so many benefits to our lives – not just in terms of wellbeing, but also in the ways sport brings people together. People from all walks of life can gain a sense of belonging and community through shared passion. LGBTQ+ people deserve to be a part of this. We shouldn’t feel excluded or shut out just because of who we are.
For almost ten years, Rainbow Laces has brought visibility for LGBTQ+ people in sport and raised awareness of our experiences on and off the pitch. And in the past year, we’ve seen so much progress made, with several athletes bravely coming out across multiple sports, with support from their clubs and the vast majority of fans.
But there’s still so much more that needs to be done – and the numbers show it.
Only 43%of sport fans think live sport events are welcoming for LGBTQ+ fans
14%of sport fans still think homophobic remarks are acceptable in sport
Just 40%of sport fans think competitive sport is welcoming for gay and bi men
43%of sport fans think competitive sport is welcoming for lesbian and bi women
Only 29%of sport fans think competitive sport is welcoming for trans sport personalities
Inclusion has no off-season.
Whether you’re a sports fan, a committed gym-goer, or part of your local community sport club, it’s important that we all keep up our efforts to make sport everyone’s game year-round.
You can make a difference just by starting conversations with those around you, calling out anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment when you hear it, and raising awareness of the stigma and discrimination that LGBTQ+ people in sport still face.
Countless individuals, grassroots organisations, and sports clubs are already lacing up to keep up their work for sports inclusion. We know we’re always strongest when we stand together – so join us in keeping it up.
This year, Rainbow Laces season kicks off between 19-31 October, with Rainbow Laces Day on 26 October. Contact us if you are a club or organisation that wants to get involved.
How you can keep it up for sports inclusion?
Stand with LGBTQ+ people in Qatar
Read our Rainbow Laces Q&A
Read our top tips on how to be a better ally to LGBTQ+ people in sport
Read our blog.
Find out if you qualify for our special £1 a lace bulk order price
Hear from athletes, coaches and sports fans about how LGBTQ-inclusive sport can change lives
Amazin LeThi and Michael Gunning on how everyone can play a part in tackling racism and LGBTQ+ phobia to make sports everyone’s game.
How to make your sports organisation better for LGBTQ+ people
Take a look at our top tips for LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, whether you’re an organisation/group, teammate, or a fan
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