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City show support for rainbow laces campaign

As part of Stonewall’s campaign, City welcomed the club’s associated LGBT+ friendly football team - Bristol City Panthers - to BS3 for last weekend’s fixture.

Bristol City Panthers players joined matchday presenter Ian ‘Downsy’ Downs at half time of City’s home fixture against Nottingham Forest to discuss the importance of diversity in football and creating a safe space for individuals to be able to express themselves.

Panthers vice-chair, Pete Davey, said, “There are currently no out gay male players in the EFL so there is still a lack of role models for gay people who come to the games and there is still homophobia which goes on at grounds across the country.

“Rainbow laces acts as a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to make football an inclusive environment for all.”

 

Bristol City Panthers are one of the first LGBT+ friendly football teams in the UK to form an official association with a professional club. For more information about the team please click here.

Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign aims to make sport everyone’s game, with national teams, professional teams, players, and fans from across football showing their support for LGBT+ people in sport. For full information about this year’s rainbow laces campaign, please click here.

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