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Pompey Backing Rainbow Laces Campaign

Blues show support for LGBTQ+ fans

11 December 2021

Rainbow Laces

Pompey will be showing support for Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign at today's fixture against Morecambe.

Special laces have been made available to players, while fans will see rainbow corner flags and captain's armbands.

It is all part of showing that football is everyone's game and members of the LGBTQ+ community are welcome at Fratton Park, as well as grounds up and down the country.

A message from Stonewall said: "It started with a lace. We’re so proud of our Rainbow Laces, worn in support of LGBTQ+ equality.

"With more than a million people lacing up in rainbow so far, we are 'Team Proud'. But something’s still tied up in knots.

"Large parts of the LGBTQ+ community still feel unwelcome at sporting events, where the thrill should be a guaranteed result.

"There are still those who bully, belittle and exclude, meaning team by team, event by event, LGBTQ+ people feel out of place.

"Reluctant to participate. Uncomfortable to spectate. Nervous to truly be their true selves. But just think.

"How much stronger would we be if we worked together? We’re all part of the same team, and our support is far stronger if we celebrate our differences.

"Sport is for all, so everyone is welcome, coming just as they are. Laces have brought the awareness. Now we all need to bring the conversation.

"Speak up for someone you know in the LGBTQ+ community. Someone that matters. What can we all do to make every person feel welcome?

"It’s 2021. Let’s have the conversations to make the next match at Fratton Park a place for everyone.

"Lace up. Make sport everyone’s game."

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