29 November 2018
Brechin City Football Club are delighted to be showing our support for lesbian, gay, bi and trans players and fans by supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign at our Ladbrokes League One fixture against Dumbarton FC on Saturday.
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."
BCFC Chairman Ken Ferguson said, "Brechin City FC are happy to support the Rainbow Laces campaign. All sport, including football, should be open to everyone to be able to enjoy without fear of discrimination of any sort. Football is of course a team sport capable of bringing all elements of a community together for the good of the individual."
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 Brechin City Football Club is a place where LGBT fans can be safe and accepted. We need you to stand with us as allies to LGBT people.
Follow Stonewall Scotland using @StonewallScot and get involved in the conversation on twitter via #rainbowlaces. Find out more about Stonewall Scotland at www.stonewallscotland.org.uk.