Transport for London have installed a ‘rainbow crossing’ outside Arsenal Underground station to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces 2014 campaign.
TfL has shown their support of the campaign to kick homophobia out of football. The campaign sees footballers across the UK sporting rainbow-coloured laces on their boots this weekend. Supporters travelling through Arsenal station to watch the Arsenal and Man City game on Saturday 13th September will see the crossing, and the general public are encouraged to show their support for the campaign via social media using the official campaign hashtag #RainbowLaces.
The Rainbow Laces 2014 campaign has seen gay rights charity, Stonewall, send out a pair of rainbow-coloured laces to every professional football player in the UK, as well as to every Member of Parliament.
The laces are meant to highlight that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse will not be tolerated in sport.
Richard Lane, Stonewall Media Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Transport for London is backing gay football fans and players by throwing their weight behind the #RainbowLaces campaign. We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive support from individuals and organisations who are all keen to kick homophobia out of our national game.”
Martyn Loukes, Chair of TfL’s LGBT+ Network, said: “We are delighted to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign. We hope that by installing a rainbow crossing, a symbol of diversity across the world, outside one of our busiest Tube stations we will create further awareness for the campaign.”