Greenock Morton are delighted to be showing our backing for lesbian, gay, bi, and trans players and fans by supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign at our Ladbrokes Championship fixture against Dunfermline tomorrow.
Rainbow Laces is Stonewall Scotland’s campaign to change attitudes in sport and make sure that LGBT people are welcomed and accepted at all levels of the game.
Sadly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people have a poor experience in sport and have experienced discrimination because of who they are.
Research shows that almost half of LGBT people think that public sporting events, such as football matches, aren’t a welcoming space for them.
Colin MacFarlane, director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “We are delighted that SPFL clubs are supporting our Rainbow Laces campaign, and by doing so, standing with LGBT football fans across Scotland.
“We want to see fans make similar commitments and become active allies to LGBT people by creating a welcoming environment and challenging abuse.
“Many LGBT people want to take part in football, either as players or fans, but abuse from a small minority makes many people feel unsafe.
“We look forward to working alongside the SPFL and clubs across Scotland to help make football everyone’s game.”
Manager Jonatan Johansson said: “I’m pleased to support the rainbow laces campaign at tomorrow’s match to stand alongside the LGBT fans and players.
“It’s my belief that all people should be accepted and welcomed at all levels of the game and that there’s no place for discrimination of any kind.
“Cappielow is a welcoming and inclusive stadium where fans from any background can come and feel safe from bad behavior or unacceptable chants or language.”
We can only stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic behaviour and language from happening in football by showing that it is not acceptable, at every level of the game.
We are dedicated to eradicating any forms of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic behaviour and making sure Greenock Morton is a place where LGBT fans can be safe and accepted.
We need you to stand with us as allies to LGBT people. Find out more at www.stonewall.org.uk/rainbowlaces