Proudly supporting Rainbow Laces
Thu 25 November 2021, 09:00|Tottenham Hotspur
The Club is proud to show its support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign across our upcoming Premier League and Women’s Super League games.
Rainbow Laces aims to promote equality and inclusivity within sport for LGBTQ+ people and tackle discrimination on every level to help ‘make sport everyone’s game’. This year’s campaign is encouraging people to ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’, emphasising the importance of holding open conversations in support of LGBTQ+ communities.
Our team captains will wear rainbow-coloured armbands in our upcoming games and our stadium will be illuminated in rainbow colours at next Thursday’s home Premier League match against Brentford, with rainbow branding visible across our social channels, LED signage, big screens and in our matchday programme. Our N17 Live Broadcast will also feature content dedicated to Rainbow Laces.
The Club was one of the first to establish a LGBTQ+ Supporters’ Association, with the Proud Lilywhites launched in February, 2014.
Since then, Proud Lilywhites has continued to work closely with the Club to help combat issues relating to homophobia within the game and create a safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans fans.
The group regularly runs training sessions and educational workshops for Club staff and matchday stewards, with the Proud Lilywhites signature flag on display at all home matches.
Proud Lilywhites membership has grown to over 700 and in 2018, the group was awarded the Fans for Diversity Award by the Football Supporters’ Federation.
As a statement of support for the LGBTQ+ community, in 2020 the Club launched a Proud Lilywhite’s merchandise range, dedicated to celebrating our LGBTQ+ fans and allies. The rainbow colours and pride flag feature on a range of different products including accessories, homeware, stationery, and clothing which are all available to purchase online, and at The Tottenham Experience.
Last year, the Club was honoured with the Professional Game Award at the first ever Football v Homophobia Awards. The Club was recognised for showing dedication to improving the landscape of football for LGBTQ+ people and who have worked in numerous ways to create better inclusion and participation at all levels of football.
Through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the Club also runs a number of projects within the community aimed at promoting inclusion for all, including educational workshops for local school children.
To find out more about Proud Lilywhites, visit www.proudlilywhites.uk.