QUEENS Park Rangers are proud to support LGBT inclusivity and, as part of that, are highlighting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend when the R’s host Hull City at Loftus Road.
The corner flags and substitution board will be rainbow coloured while R’s skipper Toni Leistner will be wearing a rainbow captain’s armband.
All 72 EFL clubs are uniting to champion the Rainbow Laces campaign, which this year has a key theme of creating more allies for LGBT people in sport.
Andy Evans, QPR in the Community Trust CEO, told www.qpr.co.uk: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign.
“QPR welcome all supporters, regardless of race, religion, sexuality or gender, and the Rainbow Rangers LGBT fan group is further evidence of that. We are also raising awareness in local schools with the Rainbow Laces campaign.
“We look forward to this weekend’s match where the QPR community – including our players, staff and supporters – can further highlight that football and Loftus Road is welcoming to all.”
Shaun Harvey, EFL chief executive, added: “The EFL is once again fully supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, with all 72 clubs coming together to raise awareness and visibility of an important issue.
“We are hoping our specific Rainbow Laces initiatives this year will again grab the attention of football fans up and down the country.
“This year’s campaign is also about recognising how to be an LGBT ally in football, which complements the work our clubs are undertaking week in, week out, up and down the country as part of the EFL’s Equality Code of Practice.
“Although much positive work has been done, we recognise that we cannot stand still, which is why the EFL remains committed to proactively promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of football, both on and off the pitch.”