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Rainbow Round to give homophobia in sport the boot
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Rainbow Round to give homophobia in sport the boot

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:53 Written by // Ron Hughes

Pride in Diversity and Australian sportswear company SKINS have partnered for a ‘Rainbow Round of Sport’ to be held from March 31 to April 4 across all major sporting codes.

The campaign calls for teams from all major sporting codes to wear rainbow coloured laces to show their commitment to ending homophobia in sport.

The campaign echoes a similar campaign in the UK which has been running successfully for some time.

Executive Chairman of SKINS, Jaimie Fuller, said there is no place for homophobia in sport.

“As a company, we were absolutely shocked when we saw the results of a study conducted by Repucom and the Bingham Cup, released last year, which showed that only 1 per cent of respondents believed that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people were accepted within sporting culture,” Fuller said.

“Sport should be a place where people feel safe and welcome whether they be a player, volunteer, administrator or fan.”

 

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Fuller was referring to the Out on the Fields study, which also showed that 78 per cent of those surveyed thought an openly LGBTI person wouldn’t even be safe as a spectator.

The campaign ties in with the launch of the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) later this month.

The Index will provide tools for sporting organisations to actually measure their success in reducing homophobia and transphobia in their respective codes.

Andrew Purchas, Vice President of ACON and Co-Founder of the Pride in Sport Index said the index would be “more than just a signature on a piece of paper.”

“It will provide the means for sports organisations to demonstrate how they are reducing homophobia and transphobia and are making sport more accessible for all.”

Purchas said ACON’s LGBTI workplace inclusion program Pride in Diversity was excited to be partnering with SKINS to promote the index.

“We are inviting all national and state sporting organisations to participate in the Pride in Sport Index,” Purchas said.

“As far as we’re concerned, the only thing that should matter in sport is how you perform on the field It’s 2016 and no-one should feel intimidated into hiding their sexuality,” Fuller said.

“This is why we’re inviting the sports and their fans to lace-up and help boot homophobia out of sport for good.”

All proceeds from #RainbowLaces will go to Pride in Diversity to help them continue to develop the PSI.

#RainbowLaces are available for grassroots clubs free of charge at rainbowlaces.net and are available at registers at Rebel or Amart stores while stocks last from March 21.

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Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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