In support of LGBTQ+ inclusion, the EFL and its clubs are coming together once again to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign with a clear message - football is for everyone.
As part of the campaign, the EFL will host its inaugural LGBTQ+ Fans’ Forum on Monday 6th December, providing all 72 clubs with a platform to discuss how football can become more inclusive. The event will be hosted by Sky Sports’ Mark McAdam and will include a panel of industry representatives.
From Friday until Monday 13th December, EFL clubs will support the campaign with specific matchday activity including Rainbow-coloured corner flags, captain armbands and substitution board stickers alongside wider LGBTQ+ inclusion activity organised by clubs which will take part across England and Wales throughout the campaign. This will include:
- Birmingham City launching a new partnership with LGBTQ+ Friendly Football Club, Birmingham Blaze
- Players from the Millwall Romans (Millwall's LGBTQ+ inclusive team) will host workshops about their journeys for academy players.
- Forest Green Rovers are hosting a round-table discussion with both of their Men’s and Women’s first team players about inclusivity within football.
- Swansea City and Proud Swans Supporters’ Group releasing a new LGBTQ+ merchandise range
The EFL and clubs will also be using Rainbow Laces weekends to re-emphasise their ‘Together Against Discrimination’ matchday messaging which was launched at the start of the season and The Bluebirds will use the fixture with Salford City on Wednesday 8th December to play their part.
EFL Chief Executive, Trevor Birch, said: “I am delighted that we are hosting our first-ever LGBTQ+ Fans’ Forum as part of the EFL’s Rainbow Laces activity this year.
“Both the League and its 72 clubs are committed to inclusion and this special Fans’ Forum will allow us to celebrate the diversity of our fanbase, while simultaneously exploring with fans how we can enhance the EFL experience for the LGBTQ+ community.
“During the Rainbow Laces period, our clubs will once again dedicate their matchdays in support of this year’s ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ theme, which seeks to remind fans that every positive conversation helps us reinforce the message that football is everyone’s game.”