October 22, 2022
Rainbow Laces 2022
Airdrieonians are proud to once again support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport.
Great strides have been made in support of LGBTQ+ equality in sport, but many in the community still feel unwelcome.
2022 saw the first openly gay player to come out in professional UK men's football in over 30 years. The Lionesses became Euros Champions with seven openly queer players on the squad. Over 40 openly LGBTQ+ athletes competed at this year's Commonwealth Games.
But for every success story, there are countless more untold stories of LGBTQ+ people who are forced to abandon their love of sports and fitness.
Diamonds captain Callum Fordyce said: “Whether on the pitch, in the changing room, or in the stands, football should be a welcoming environment.
“There is no room for prejudice, and everyone should be able to enjoy their sport as equals.
“As a club we’re happy to back the good work that Stonewall do in this area, and we’ll wear our Rainbow Laces with pride.”
Sport is for all, and everyone should be welcome. There is still so much more we can do - that’s why LGBTQ+ inclusion has no off-season.