Both of Pompey’s senior teams are supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend.
The club are backing the Stonewall-led initiative in a show of support for LGBT inclusivity and were selected by the EFL to be part of a special photo for Thursday’s launch, with Jack Whatmough representing the Blues.
At the men’s game against Plymouth this afternoon there will be specially commissioned corner flags, while the skipper will be wearing a rainbow armband.
Meanwhile, Pompey Ladies will also be backing the campaign when they host Lewes at AFC Portchester on Sunday (2pm kick-off).
Tash Stephens and Shannon Sievwright from the team were at the training ground earlier this week to have their laces fitted by Christian Burgess and kit assistant Clark Denford.
Members of Fratton fever – the Blues’ LGBT supporter group – were also present to lend their backing for the campaign.
Pompey head of inclusion Colin Farmery said: “I was delighted when Pompey Ladies agreed to join the club in supporting this Rainbow Laces campaign.
“It shows the rest of our community that the entire Pompey family are backing both LGBT rights and also the importance of ensuring football is a sport to be enjoyed by all.”