Between Saturday 24 November and Saturday 1 December, Swansea City and other EFL Clubs from across the country will unite in their support of LGBT inclusivity by turning their substitution boards and corner flags rainbow coloured to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
Each EFL Club will select a fixture during that week, to highlight their continued support for LGBT fans, players and staff across the game with rainbow captain’s armbands, laces and programme adverts also being provided to Clubs.
With the Swans entertaining Championship high-flyers West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday, 28 November, you can expect to see the Rainbow substitution boards and corner flags being used for the game.
The following Saturday, when the Swans visit Frank Lampard’s Derby County, the Rams will be showing their support for the initiative.
The EFL will change its logo to a bespoke rainbow coloured version for the campaign and has also created a series of short films to help share the stories of LGBT fans in the game.
Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign is in support of LGBT equality with a key theme for this year focused on creating more allies to LGBT people in sport.
The EFL’s support for Rainbow Laces forms part of its wider LGBT work delivered in conjunction with Clubs through the Equality Code of Practice. This includes delivering activities, setting policies, and advising on recruitment and education at Clubs.
Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive said: “The EFL is once again fully supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, with all 72 Clubs coming together to raise awareness and visibility of an important issue. The EFL continues to be committed to providing a match day experience that is safe and welcoming to all supporters across all of our competitions.
“We are hoping our specific Rainbow Laces initiatives this year, which includes new rainbow substitution boards as well as converting all corner flags at EFL grounds into rainbow colours, will again grab the attention of football fans up and down the country.
“This year’s campaign is also about recognising how to be an LGBT ally in football, which complements the work our Clubs are undertaking week in week out, up and down the country as part of the EFL’s Equality Code of Practice.
Fans are asked to note that it is at the discretion of individual players whether they wear the rainbow captain armband and/or laces, for the campaign.
Last season, in support of the The Rainbow Laces initiative, the Swans and Bournemouth became the first Premier League clubs to offer transgender and non-binary supporters a gender-neutral title prefix.
The Swans also have an Equality Action Plan, which outline the club’s long-term equality objectives up until July 2020 and is available for download on the club website.