Berwick Rangers are delighted to be supporting Stonewall Scotland’s Rainbow Laces campaign at Saturday’s Ladbrokes SPFL Division 2 match against Stirling Albion.

This campaign is all about welcoming and accepting people at all levels of sport. Sadly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have a poor experience in sport because of who they are. This stops them from being part of the sporting community, whether as fans or players. Most football fans in Scotland have heard anti-LGBT remarks at games over the last five years, showing just how common this is.

We want to do something about it. We can only stop this kind of behaviour and language from happening in football by showing that it is not acceptable, at every level of the game. This means that football clubs, like our own, have a responsibility to act against this kind of language and behaviour and make sure that anti-LGBT abuse has no place in sport. We are supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign to highlight to the importance of inclusivity in football, and to support our LGBT fans.

Berwick Rangers Football Club are dedicated to eradicating any forms of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse and making Shielfiled Park a place where LGBT fans can be a safe and accepted. At Saturday’s match, the first team will be wearing Rainbow Laces, and the captain, Pat Scullion, will be wearing a rainbow captain’s armband as a sign of their support. We need you, our fans, to stand with us in support for LGBT people.

Follow Stonewall Scotland using @StonewallScotand get involved in the conversation on Twitter via #RainbowLaces.

Find out more about Stonewall Scotland at www.stonewallscotland.org.uk