This Saturday’s fixture against Swindon Town will be designated to the work of Stonewall and their Rainbow Laces campaign.
There will be rainbow-coloured corner flags and substitution boards in use at Blundell Park two promote awareness that football is for everyone.
EFL Clubs across the country will unite in their support of LGBT inclusivity by turning their substitution boards and corner flags rainbow coloured to raise awareness of Stonewall’s campaign.
All EFL Clubs will select a fixture to highlight their continued support for LGBT fans, players and staff across the game with rainbow captain’s armbands, laces and programme adverts also being provided to clubs.
* Over the last three years the support has helped generate a huge amount of awareness on LGBT people in sport. 12 million people in Britain saw the campaign in November 2018, which included 34% of all sports fans. More importantly, Rainbow, laces has helped foster a positive attitude towards LGBT people within sport and persuaded allies to play their part. We found that:
* 59% Of fans who saw the campaign feel they have a responsibility to stick up for LGBT find groups of the team they support this is compared to 44% who didn’t see the campaign.
* 56% of fans who saw the campaign feel more confident that reports of anti-LGBT language at live sports fixtures will be taken seriously.
* After seeing the rainbow laces campaign 41% of funds believe they will be more likely to challenge anti-LGBT language at live sports fixtures and 42% will be more likely to challenge it on social media.
Grimsby Town's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer Adie Merrikin, said: "This year's campaign is about recognising how to be an LGBT ally in football, which complements the work our club are undertaking week in week out from the first team filtering down to the fantastic work being delivered from the Education Trust within our community.
"Although much positive work has been done, we do, however, recognise that we cannot stand still which is why Grimsby Town Football Club and the EFL remains committed to proactively promote diversity and inclusion in all areas of football, both on and off the pitch."