Tackling Homophobia & Transphobia – Rainbow Laces Campaign 2017

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Rainbow Laces 2017
AU Exec Committee launch 2017 campaign

In collaboration with The Guild and Stonewall, week commencing 30th January will be the launch of Sport Liverpool’s second tackling homophobia and transphobia campaign, in collaboration of the LGBT history month this February. It was recorded in the NUS Out in Sport 2011 research that almost half of the LGBT students don’t play sport and find it alienating and unwelcoming; this is what we are trying to combat. Here at the Sport Liverpool and The Guild, we believe that sport should be an inclusive environment open to all and that anyone should feel comfortable joining a sports team. We ran a similar campaign last year, in which all sports clubs signed our pledge, committed to making sport Liverpool inclusive for all our students and wore the rainbow laces with pride in matches.

This year is no different; with over 50 BUCS fixtures on Wednesday 1st Feb, engaging approximately 850 students competing across clubs and campus sport. The laces will feature for all competing on Wednesday. We are also asking clubs to tell post out their specific strategies each club will implement in order to be welcoming as possible to all students.

This year Sport Liverpool, working alongside the LGBT society at the Guild, are creating an inclusive sport policy that will be posted on our website, named ‘Sport for All’, that will be in place for many years to come. AU President Gaby Sims, Vice-President Kathryn Moulsdale, Guild officer Oba Akinwale and Sports Development Officer George Sutcliffe, will be handing out laces and getting clubs and societies to sign the pledge boards over the next few days in the build up to fixture day on Wednesday.  Social media will be filled with #rainbowlaces on Wednesday, with all clubs promoting their support for the campaign – expect some creative pictures!

This is the pledge we are asking every club captain to sign:

1) We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.
2) We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and brings people together with a common goal.
3) We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.
4) We will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.

The Pledge board and laces are available in Sport Liverpool’s office for Club Captains/Social & Welfare Officers to come and collect.