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Owls support Rainbow Laces

1 December 2023


Owls support Rainbow Laces

1 December 2023

The Owls' Championship game against Blackburn on Saturday is our official Rainbow Laces fixture in partnership with Stonewall.

The designated matchday supports the LGBTQ+ community and highlights the importance of inclusion in sport and society as a whole.

The Rainbow Laces campaign is celebrating its 10th anniversary, having started in 2013 and becoming a mainstay in the football calendar.

Barry Bannan will wear a rainbow-coloured captain’s armband and the corner flags will adorn the same hues at Hillsborough.

Supporters group ‘Rainbow Owls’, who formed earlier this year to represent our LGBTQ+ fan base, will also be present at the game.


Chris Ledger, Rainbow Owls founder, said: “The 10th anniversary of Rainbow Laces comes amid a time when highlighting LGBTQ+ issues in football and wider society has never been more important.

“After all, last year's official data from the Home Office showed that homophobic and transphobic hate crimes had respectively increased by 41% and 56% annually.

“Sheffield Wednesday’s initiatives for the Blackburn Rovers game, in conjunction with Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme and Rainbow Owls, will complement our activities as an independent LGBTQ+ supporters' group, so Rainbow Laces will be a day of both awareness and celebration on this special matchday.

“We are very proud that Sheffield Wednesday are delivering such a diverse range of activities for Rainbow Laces, and that they are continuing to support Rainbow Owls so robustly, as it means our LGBTQ+ and ally fans can be their authentic selves at matches and beyond.”

To find out more about Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, please CLICK HERE.

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