Reading Football Club will unite with EFL clubs across the country in support of LGBT inclusivity by turning our substitution boards and corner flags rainbow-coloured to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
This weekend, our home fixture against Stoke City has been designated to highlight our continued support for LGBT fans, players and staff across the game.
Our corner flags will be rainbow-coloured, our skipper will be sporting a rainbow-coloured captain's armband, a page in the matchday programme will be dedicated to promoting Stonewall's campaign and even the substitute's board raised by the fourth official will be rainbow-coloured on Saturday.
And the campaign will be similarly supported by Reading FC Women the following weekend when Kelly Chambers' side take on Liverpool at Adams Park on Sunday 9th December.
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.
"Although much positive work has been done, we recognise that we cannot stand still which is why the EFL remains committed to proactively promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of football, both on and off the pitch.”