Equalities minister Nicky Morgan urges football clubs to support rainbow laces

PinkNews logo on a pink background surrounded by illustrated line drawings of a rainbow, pride flag, unicorn and more.

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan has said urged football clubs to show their support for Stonewall’s rainbow laces campaign.

Rainbow laces were sent to all Premier League footballers, and every professional team in the UK as part of the campaign.

The campaign by Stonewall, Paddy Power and the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, is also backed by the Premier League, out German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger,Arsenal and Man City

Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan told PinkNews: “As our national game, football should be welcoming to all. But many LGB&T people can still experience discrimination and negative attitudes when playing or watching the game. Stonewall’s rainbow laces campaign is a simple and fun way to help change the game. I urge clubs and fans to show their support by lacing up next weekend.

“The fact that two of the country’s biggest teams are behind the campaign shows that real progress is being made. Such support would have been unthinkable a few years ago and is hugely welcome. But there is still work to do.”

Rainbow coloured boot laces have been dispatched to every single professional player in the UK, including youth and women’s teams, alongside deliveries to all 650 MPs and leading political figures. Fans and grass-root players will be asked to tweet their support using the official hashtag: #RainbowLaces

The campaign is supported by Metro newspaper, which will only advertise brands supporting the campaign on Monday.

It is also supported by Premier Inn, who are renaming as Premier Out in all communications for the day, HTC/Carphone Warehouse, Playstation, Sega, Relish Broadband, KLM, Heineken, Pepsico,Lastminute.com, Dr Martens, BT Broadband / BT Sport, Starbucks, Fiat and Jersey Tourism are just some of the brands involved.

The rainbow laces campaign will be advertised on Pink News next week.