All 49 of the University’s sports teams will be wearing Rainbow Laces today (Wednesday, 17 February) as part of a campaign to help kick homophobia and transphobia out of sport.
The Rainbow Laces campaign, which was launched last week by Liverpool Guild of Students, is being run alongside Sport Liverpool to tackle the issues and raise awareness following research from Stonewall and NUS Out in Sport which showed that homophobia and transphobia remain a problem in sport.
The campaign also includes a pledge board in the Guild and in the Sports Centre that each team captain can sign.
Students can share their colourful Rainbow Laces pictures on social media and tag @LiverpoolGuild and @SportLiverpool using the hashtag #RainbowLaces.
Guild Vice President, Rosie O’Donnell, 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 might 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!”
Athletic Union President, Steph Devine, said: “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.”
To view the Facebook photo album please visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153848189879373.1073741888.6388154372&type=3