Rainbow Laces in rugby: “If you actually step back and look at yourselves, you have to question whether you’re doing as much as you can.”

Football is far and away the dominant sport in the UK. As such, that is where most of the sports coverage in the media falls, and also where campaigns like Rainbow Laces are most likely to be visible. However, Rainbow Laces is not just limited to football. Sky Sports have published various articles with people …

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Stuart Bonner: “There are people at the club who credit Saltire with saving their life.”

With the Rainbow Laces campaign once again throwing LGBTQIA+ inclusion in elite sport, specifically men's football, into the spotlight it is only right to give those working for inclusive spaces year-round a platform. At Glasgow's inclusive football club Saltire Thistle, though, the last couple of weeks have been a frustrating time after their players were …

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Rainbow Laces – Ross County’s Malky Mackay: “You could see how hard it was for Josh in that interview when he kept swallowing, and then he eventually said it, and there was such an outpouring in his favour.”

There are not many people who have seen so many different facets of football as Malky Mackay. Starting out juggling a job in banking with playing as an amateur for Queen's Park, Mackay earned his career changing move to Celtic in 1993, and spent the next five years at the Glasgow giants – being part …

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Manish Modi: “Graces has allowed me to be a good cricketer, but a better person as well.”

Tomorrow a history-making match will be taking place as Graces and the Birmingham Unicorns face off in the first ever cricket match between two LGBT+ inclusive clubs. While the Unicorns are the newcomers on the block, with Lachlan Smith making the first moves to start the club last year, Graces have gone for decades without …

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Ben Watkiss: “People are still maybe a bit fearful of crossing the line, so they just don’t address it at all.”

Examples of LGBT+ people working in men's professional football are few and far between. There are some as you go further down the tiers, with professional referee Ryan Atkin and eighth-tier side Ashford Town's manager Luke Tuffs just two vocal advocates, but between the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs it is extremely rare …

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Ibrox Pride: “It has much more power than people will give it credit for, seeing people standing up.”

Rainbow Laces has given the sporting community – and football in particular – a chance to show their support for LGBT+ people. The message has by and large been one of acceptance and inclusion, with more high-profile messages and interviews being done by allies than ever before. Throughout the rest of the year, positive reinforcement …

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Rainbow Laces – Ross County: “We can’t keep hiding behind ‘that’s just what happens in football’, because every other walk of life has changed.”

Ross County pride themselves on being a club for their local community. Based in Dingwall, home to around 5500 people in the Highlands, having a team in the top flight of the Scottish leagues is a point of pride for the town. Often the lifeblood of the local area, the Staggies rely on their fanbase …

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