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Rainbow Laces

It’s down to all of us to be an active ally to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in sport.   

Every player, every athlete, every team is stronger when sport welcomes and supports everyone. 

It’s down to all of us to become an active ally to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

It’s about working together, whether that’s playing for fun, playing to win, or cheering on your favourite athletes or team. 

When we all play our part, we can make sport everyone’s game. 

Why Rainbow Laces matters

Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people can have negative perceptions and experiences of sport, whether it’s due to bullying in school sport, coming across anti-LGBT language on social media, down the pub or during live sports.

New Stonewall research finds that most people want to see action against anti LGBT language in sport, but only a quarter feel confident calling it out. Rainbow Laces is all about giving people the confidence and the tools to be active allies to LGBT people in sport.

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Tweet photos of your Rainbow Laces and follow updates via the hashtag #RainbowLaces or our social media accounts:

Rainbow Laces in 2017

The Rainbow Laces campaign is a way for everyone involved in sport to show their support for LGBT equality and inclusivity. National teams, leading clubs, top athletes, fans and grassroots players are lacing up to Come Out For LGBT people in sport. In 2017, the campaign had its most successful year yet, but we plan to make it even better in 2018.


decrease in 18-24 year old and 25-34 year old sport fans thinking that homophobic language is acceptable.


pairs of Rainbow Laces were distributed in all areas of sport, fans, players, referees and officials.

12 million

adults in Britain saw the campaign.


pageviews of this page during 2017 campaign week.

Are you a school looking to make a difference for LGBT people in sport? A sport's club at the heart of your community? A grassroots organisation or a not-for-profit that wants to campaign to make sport everyone's game? 

You might qualify for £1 a lace bulk orders. 

Get in touch for bulk orders