Rovers will hold our annual designated Rainbow Laces game as we host Colchester United on Tuesday, November 28.
The club joins with others from across football and the wider sporting world to support LGBTQ+ fans and participants and bid to end discrimination within sport.
As well as displaying the rainbow laces and corner flags that have become synonymous with the campaign, we will welcome participants from Club Doncaster Foundation’s LGBTQ+ group - Fit Rovers Rainbow - as guests of honour for the game.
The Rainbow Laces initiative was launched by Stonewall in 2013 and celebrates its tenth anniversary with the Keep It Up campaign, which highlights the work done over the last decade but emphasises the need for it to continue.
Polling of fans by Stonewall has revealed:
- 74 per cent now consider LGBTQ+ people to be part of the sporting community
- 68 per cent feel a responsibility to stick up for LGBTQ+ fans of the teams and sports they follow
- 49 per cent believe they are more likely to challenge anti LGBTQ+ language they hear at fixtures
- 71 per cent think leading sports organisations are taking responsibility to support LGBTQ+ fans and players more seriously than a year ago.
But there are still large parts of the LGBTQ+ community that still feel they cannot be their true selves while attending or participating in sporting events, meaning the work of the Rainbow Laces campaign is far from over.
For more information on Rainbow Laces visit www.stonewall.org.uk.
Anyone wanting to find out more about the Foundation’s new Fit Rovers Rainbow course starting in January, or would like more information on the LGBTQ+ sessions delivered at the Foundation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.