This week, Crystal Palace is lacing up to show support for LGBT equality in sport by partaking in Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign.
Across the country, thousands are lacing up for Wear Your Laces day on Wednesday 28 November, which falls in the middle of the Rainbow Laces campaign from 17 November to 7 December. It will act as a nationwide show of support for LGBT people in sport.
And now, Palace join the award-winning campaign to back LGBT equality in sport.
This year's campaign from Stonewall, the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, is challenging fans and athletes to be ‘active allies’ and to play their part in ensuring LGBT people feel included in sport.
The club will be showing its support by promoting the rainbow image on player's laces, armbands and across the stadium as well as promoting the campaign throughout the week.
The list of sports organisations taking part in this year’s campaign has grown exponentially, and now includes key companies in football such as the English Football League, the Football Association, the Football Association of Wales, the Football Association Women’s Super League and Championship, Premier League, Scottish Professional Football League and Welsh Football Premiere Leagues.
The Rainbow Laces campaign is made possible by TeamPride, a consortium of 10 organisations committed to making sport everyone’s game.
Kirsty Clarke, Stonewall’s Director of Sport, said: "We’re proud to have the support of Crystal Palace for our Rainbow Laces campaign. It’s great to see organisations like Palace standing up as allies to LGBT people in sport and beyond. Their commitment to lacing up shows what an appetite there is for positive change across the sporting world."
Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. They continue to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves.
Stonewall works in partnership with a growing network of more than 750 organisations to help create real change for the better. It campaigns to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in communities, and empowers LGBT people and their allies to be role models wherever they live, work, shop, socialise or pray.
For more information about Stonewall, call 0207 593 1857. For further information about Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces Campaign, head here now.