Over 40 per cent of LGBT people don’t feel welcome at public sporting events, and with COVID-19 having a huge impact on LGBT communities, many of us are experiencing heightened feelings of isolation, loneliness and poor mental health.
Sport and physical activity are vital to life in Britain; it brings our communities together, whether we’re watching or taking part, and makes our lives richer.
Over the last 5 years, Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign has focused on improving LGBT inclusion in sport and even with the challenges of 2020, we look to continue to drive positive changes and make sport everyone’s game.
As part of this year’s campaign, we held our first ever Rainbow Laces Webinar, which took place on Rainbow Laces Day (9 December).
Hosted by Jessica Creighton (she/her) of Sky Sports, our panel of professionals discussed how sport has helped us all to get through the pandemic, as well as share stories of how LGBT inclusion has played a part in their lives and impacted their sports. Panellists included:
- Bill Bush (he/him), Executive Director of the Premier League
- Philippa York (she/her), Cyclist and Journalist
- Michael Gunning (he/him), Professional Swimmer
- Jess Fishlock (she/her), Professional Footballer