Our Rainbow Laces campaign launches today and we need your help to kick homophobia and transphobia out of sport.
Research from Stonewall and NUS Out in Sport has shown homophobia and transphobia remains a real issue in sport. And we think it’s time we did something about it.
We are working alongside Sport Liverpool to tackle this really important issue and raise awareness.
Over the next few weeks we will be asking every sports team to adopt the rainbow laces so that on Wednesday 17 February all 49 of our teams will be wearing them for fixtures that day.
There will also be a pledge board in the Guild and in the Sports Centre that each team captain can sign.
So how can you get involved? One way is to share all the colourful pictures of the rainbow laces that you’ll see this month with the #rainbowlaces ; and you can make sure your sports team have signed up. We’ll also be introducing a very special limited edition Rainbow Cocktail in the Sphinx.
Post your pictures on social media and tag @LiverpoolGuild and @SportLiverpool using #RainbowLaces
Vice President Rosie said: “Joining a sports team when you come to university is one of the most fun and exciting things you can do. I hate to think some people feel uncomfortable or would be put off joining because of their sexuality. It’s really important that sport is for everyone. I’ve had loads of really positive discussions with LGBT+ and we’ve identified lots of things we can do with Sport Liverpool to make sure sport is for everyone, no matter what team you bat for. I’m also really excited to be working jointly with Sport Liverpool on this campaign, hopefully the first of many!”
AU President Steph Devine: “The University of Liverpool Athletic Union is proud to support the Rainbow Laces Campaign. I’m looking forward to seeing our teams reinforcing their commitment to stamp out Homophobia in Sport by pledging to wear these laces on match days.”
George Sutcliffe, Development Officer at Sport Liverpool said: "Sport Liverpool takes pride in being an inclusive organisation which supports equality and diversity. We believe sport acts as a fantastic platform to remove barriers and give everyone the opportunity to enjoy physical activity. Increasing participation will always be a priority for us and I hope campaigns such as Rainbow Laces remove any preconceived ideas students may have regarding university sport."
The LGBT+ society: “We think it is a great campaign, anything that promotes inclusivity is most definitely a good thing. This helps to close the gap between sport and LGBT in a wider context as well as bringing the Guild and the AU closer together, it exciting to be doing something collaborative.”
Read Rosie’s blog about why the Guild are getting involved.
Check out our Facebook photo album.