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Bees feature in Premier League Rainbow Laces Day coverage

Rainbow Laces Day marked on Wednesday

10 December 2021

The Premier League and all 20 clubs have celebrating Rainbow Laces over the past few weeks, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion and making it clear that football is for everyone. All Premier League matches taking place between 27 November and 2 December were dedicated to Stonewall’s campaign. This included our home match against Everton and our away match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Rainbow Laces Day was marked this week, on Wednesday 8 December. This was the focus of the Stonewall campaign and the Premier League used it to share the work of clubs over the period. Brentford's work was included.

This year’s Rainbow Laces campaign encourages people to speak up on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. The League and clubs are using their reach and appeal to help people engage in meaningful conversation and show the importance of allyship. Clubs are also producing a range of content featuring discussion between players in their men’s and women’s teams, as well as members of LGBTQ+ supporter groups. More will come on our channels in the coming days.

The Premier League works together with all its clubs to celebrate and promote LGBTQ+ inclusion on an ongoing basis. This is underpinned by significant work across all areas of its business to improve policies and practices, including reporting measures and pastoral care, along with staff training, player care across all age groups and education programmes for young people. Clubs work hard to create an inclusive environment, from the atmosphere and experience at their stadiums to the many projects they run in their communities.

Brentford defender Zanka has been talking about the campaign. He spoke with supporter Gemma Teale, from the LGBeeTs group, for a special video feature. He was also featured extensively in the matchday programme for the Everton fixture.

Ahead of the match against Everton, Zanka and Gemma also spoke to Sky Sports. A video feature was compiled that ran ahead of the match. There is also a feature on the Sky Sports website and more details can be seen here.

The Premier League have shared Zanka's words with a worldside audience. In a feature on the Premier League website, here, the story has been told. The Club's video has also been shared, including his backing for punishment of all discriminatory abuse. More on what has been going on across the Premier League can be seen below.

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