Bristol Rugby have joined a GB-wide campaign to show that lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people are welcome at every level of sport.
Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign will see supporters and players put on Rainbow Laces on 25-27 November to show that sport is everyone’s game and to ensure LGBT people feel welcome and included.
Thousands of pairs of rainbow laces were handed out around the ground at Ashton Gate during the recent Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester Tigers.
The show of support follows research released by Stonewall earlier this year, which revealed 72 per cent of football fans have heard homophobic abuse at a live sports event.
But the research, conducted by ICM and released in September, also showed that the majority of sports fans welcome LGBT fans and players. Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) said more should be done to make LGBT people feel accepted in sport.
As part of the Rainbow Laces week, Stonewall has produced a film featuring LGBT athletes and fans talking about the effect that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language has on those who watch and play sport.