LGBT teams host first matches of ‘Rainbow Laces’ national campaign

Besi Besemar September 10, 2014

The first games of the week-long Rainbow Laces campaign to fight homophobia in football have been played by teams in the Gay Football Supporters National League (GFSN) League.

Rainbow Laces Campaign

The GFSN League is the world’s only permanent national LGBT football league and features 22 teams from across the UK.

In London the Leftfooters lost 0-1 to visitors Cardiff Dragons. Both teams wore Rainbow Laces to show their support for Stonewalls national campaign to rid football of homphobia. In the West Midlands Birmingham Blaze beat Devon Lions 5-1.

The action continues this weekend (13 & 14) with GFSN League teams and affiliates playing matches all over the country as teams wear their Rainbow Laces with pride to support the Stonewall/GFSN/PaddyPower campaign to kick homophobia, biphobia and transphobia out of football.

The GFSN is a Campaign Partner for Rainbow Laces and groups from our LGB&T Fangroup Coalition (GFSN FC) will also be wearing laces and flying the rainbow flag at games across the country. Gaygooners (Arsenal) and Canal Street Blues (Manchester City) will be meeting up before and after their game at the Emirates on Saturday, where Rainbow Laces campaign billboards emblazoned with the GSFN and Fangroup logos will greet fans. Other official LGB&T fangroups including LFC LGBT, Rainbow Toffees, Proud Canaries, and Proud Lilywhites will be joining in over the course of the weekend.

Ed Connell
Ed Connell

GFSN Chair Ed Connell, said: “We’re very proud that our grassroots LGB&T teams are the first to debut Rainbow Laces in games during this week of action. The GFSN members, teams, and fangroups have campaigned against discrimination for many years and by supporting this campaign we are showing our commitment to kick homophobia out of football.”

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