Lincolnshire FA Female Under-18s League and Lincolnshire FA County Women’s League teamed up with leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall to mark the Football v Homophobia campaign’s Month of Action.
Member clubs of both leagues wore Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces at the Linx5’s tournament at Lincoln Christ Hospital School.
They joined clubs and bodies across the country to show their team accepts everyone without exception and homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse is not tolerated, on or off the pitch.
Teams within the leagues committed to the week of action to show that we can all play a part in making sport everyone’s game.
This show of support follows research published by Stonewall which reveals that 45 per cent of people who played sport in the last year have heard language that is offensive to LGBT people.
The research, conducted by ICM Unlimited, also showed that the majority of sports fans welcome LGBT fans and players. Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) said more should be done to make LGBT people feel accepted in sport.
February is the annual Football v Homophobia month of action. The campaign challenges homophobia and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across football.