Exeter City are proud to be supporting Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign to Lace Up and Speak Up for LGBTQ+ inclusion in football.
Stonewall’s campaign focus is ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’. To create a broader, louder and more impactful movement for LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, with the hope that every conversation will take them one step closer to achieving their ambition of making sport everyone’s game.
Support of the Rainbow Laces campaign will help celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusion within the EFL and presents us with another opportunity to highlight the great work clubs are doing in this area.
The campaign is not just about wearing Rainbow Laces, but about opening up conversations about sport and the wider community can be further inclusive.
At Exeter City we are proud to welcome everyone to our football club, and we want to encourage our supporters to speak up to friends, family, colleagues, teams and clubs because every conversation matters, and every conversation takes us one step closer to making sport everyone’s game.
Our dedicated Rainbow Laces fixture will take place on Saturday December 11, when we host Tranmere Rovers at St James Park and we will be working with our LGBTQ+ supporters group, the Proud Grecians, to make sure we do our bit to make sport everyone's game.
The Proud Grecians will have a visible presence on the matchday itself, encouraging supporters to lace up, and they will be on hand to talk about their work, whilst also proud displaying their large rainbow flag pitchside ahead of the fixture.
To celebrate the campaign we are delighted to announce that supporters will soon be able to purchase Exeter City branded pride t-shirts, as shown in the picture below, so you can proudly show your colours on match day. Full details, including the price and how to purchase these will come soon, so be sure to keep an eye out on our website and social media for details.
Stonewall is working with other LGBTQ+ organisations towards a ban on conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is any sort of practice aimed at changing an LGBTQIA+ person from being who they are. It does not work and causes long-lasting damage.
The UK government has recently launched a public consultation on conversion therapy, and we need individuals and organisations to tell the government why this practice is so harmful and should be banned.
For more guidance on Ban Conversion Therapy, visit: www.banconversiontherapy.com.