Forest Green Rovers is joining with EFL clubs across the country at tonight’s match in support of LGBT inclusivity.
The club will be turning our badge, substitution boards, captain’s armband, laces, and corner flags rainbow coloured to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, as well as running a new EFL ad in the programme.
Henry Staelens, FGR chief executive said: “Forest Green is a club with the community at its heart and we want The New Lawn to continue to be an open and welcoming space for all supporters, so are delighted to celebrate the Rainbow Laces campaign again tonight.”
Every EFL club will celebrate the campaign over the next week and the EFL itself will change its logo to a bespoke rainbow coloured version, as well as creating a series of short films to help share the stories of LGBT fans in the game.
In his programme interview for tonight’s match, FGR goalkeeper James Montgomery said: “It’s the biggest sport in the world and I don’t think it would be if it was a sport that discriminates against people.
“You look around the world and it is the one sport that everyone can play and speak through.
“The number of people in the sport that are from different backgrounds and no matter your sexual orientation, it is a sport everyone should feel like they can play.
“I think it is evolving even more to be more diverse and I think that is only good for the sport itself and everyone involved because it can be a getaway for anyone.”
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.
Forest Green left back Joseph Mills said: “I think that any outlet that can raise awareness is a good one and as footballers we will try and do that and hopefully there will be a lot of good support behind that.”