Purchase of rainbow laces for sports clubs to wear with pride

Buy 500 more rainbow laces for groups and sports clubs to wear at events, games and casually to promote acceptance and equality for LGBT+ members.

Idea submitted by Jack Dranfield on 27th Oct 2018

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"Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia remains a big problem in sport. Seven in ten fans have heard homophobic abuse on the football terraces and shockingly 60 per cent of gay and bi men and 40 per cent of lesbian and bi women expect to experience discrimination if they were to take part in a team sport" - Stonewall Website

Rainbow laces were introduced last year for AU sports clubs and groups to wear at games showing they are open and accepting of LGBT+ members. As only 200 were ordered the impact of this was reduced. By purchasing more of the laces this year the union can further expand the work started last year so more members and sports clubs can wear rainbow laces with pride. Purchasing the laces through Stonewall means that the money spent on laces will be introduced back into making sure sport is everyones game. This time I am hoping to up the amount ordered to 500 laces.

How would your idea benefit students?

As mentioned above, unfortunately Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia remains a big problem in sport. LGBT+ students will feel safer, stronger and more likely to get involved if they know that their team mates have 'got their back' and that sports clubs are a safe space for LGBT+ students to get involved. If teams are all wearing rainbow laces it will introduce more team cohesion to the clubs and hopefully start conversation about LGBT+ matters in sport.

How could your idea be implemented?

Purchasing 500 (or more) laces to be given to teams and groups to wear with pride.


The idea is now marked as Completed

2019-01-18 11:14:44

The idea has been marked as Fast Tracked. The reason was: UAB felt that the idea was important to a large number of students and would be simple for the Union to implement with the resources currently available. Therefore the idea has been fast-tracked for immediate action.

2018-11-30 19:46:13

The idea now has enough backers to be reviewed at the next meeting.

2018-10-27 15:15:00

The idea is now looking for 15 Backers.

2018-10-27 11:56:29