Brentford FC will once again be joining in efforts to make football accessible to all by supporting the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign. Our Sky Bet Championship game against Luton Town at Griffin Park tomorrow, Saturday 30 November, will be dedicated to the campaign. The corner flags at Griffin Park will be changed to rainbow ones and there will be a variety of activities ongoing to show Brentford’s commitment to making the game accessible, enjoyable and welcoming to all – the aim of the campaign.
The Rainbow Laces campaign started last week and will run in to December. Every club will be dedicated a matchday to the issue and Brentford’s is tomorrow. Rainbow Laces day was Wednesday, 27 November, and staff from the Club and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust gathered for a special football match at the new Gunnersbury Park sports hub. Rainbow laces were worn during a small match as inclusivity across the Club was celebrated.
The showpiece of Brentford’s involvement in the campaign will come tomorrow. There will be lots going on at Griffin Park and the matchday programme will contain details about the campaign and also the LGBeeTs, the group for LGBTQ Brentford fans. Rainbow laces will be available to all players and staff and there will be a special picture before the game with a rainbow pennant supplied by Stonewall.
Supporters from the LGBeeT group will also take part in our Farewell Griffin Park countdown. The group’s aim is for all fans to be able to support and follow Brentford FC home and away safely, without fear, and without hearing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse and believe that with better visibility and support for LGBTQ fans, they can work with the Club to make this happen.
The group display a rainbow flag at Griffin Park on matchday and have taken Buzz Bee on the annual Pride march in London. The group is open to LGBTQ Bees fans and everyone who wants to make sure that Brentford stays a friendly and welcoming club for all fans. You can reach them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brentford’s players have already been doing their bit, contributing to video made by Goal to support the campaign. They joined others including Republic of Ireland star Seamus Coleman and players from Sunderland and Fulham, among others, in contributing to the video, below.
Football is everyone’s game 🙌— Goal (@goal) November 27, 2019
Goal would like to thank players from all levels who are supporting #RainbowLaces
A special shout to those at @Everton, @dcfcofficial, @SunderlandAFC, @FulhamFC & @BrentfordFC 🤝 pic.twitter.com/ff7LxYmP0l
You can join in at Griffin Park tomorrow and rainbow face paint will be available in Bee Block for our youngest fans. Join in by using #BRELUT and #RainbowLaces.