Arsenal Support Anti-Homophobia Campaign

5 Sep

Rainbow-Laces-mainAfter that last disheartening story about racism in sport, here comes a bit of good news on another front. Gay rights group Stonewall along with Paddy Power and the Gay Football Supporters’ Network have launched this year’s Rainbow Laces campaign with a little help from Arsenal.

Rainbow bootlaces have been sent to every professional player in the UK including women’s and youth teams and they’re asked to wear them next weekend. Fans can join in the campaign as well.

Paddy Power said:

We love football but it needs a good kick up the ass. In many other areas of life, people can be open about their sexuality and it’s time for football to take a stand and show players it doesn’t matter what team they play for. Fans can show their support by simply tweeting using #RainbowLaces, whilst all players have to do is lace up over the weekend of 13 and 14 September.

The campaign is also backed by thePremier League, out ‘baller Thomas Hitzlsperger, Arsenal and Man City.

Arsenal kicked off the initiative with this hilarious commercial that shows like being gay, there’s some things about yourself that you just can’t change.

Cowabunga indeed! The ball’s in your court, Man City although I’m not sure how you’ll top that charming bit of business. Remember to tweet #RainbowLaces next weekend to show your support and keep an eye peeled to see which ‘ballers are fighting the good fight.

– Lozil

One Response to “Arsenal Support Anti-Homophobia Campaign”

  1. barbarossa September 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    Olivier Giroud’s wink! If they make a video again next year, his kiss with Debuchy should be included.

    Arsenal’s got an LGBT supporters group and their rainbow banner is hanging in the Emirates Stadium. I saw it last month and thought it was an encouraging gesture from tbe club.

    “Arsenal were the first club to be awarded Kick It Out’s Advanced Level of the Equality Standard in 2011 for its inclusivity and diversity practices. In 2013 a group of the club’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) supporters formed the GayGooners who, among other initiatives, have represented Arsenal at London Pride in 2013 and 2014.”

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