Celebrate Pride Week from Monday 4th February with a pair of rainbow laces. The idea was championed by student, Jack Dranfield, through our Have Your Say platform to encourage and celebrate diversity in sport.
Rainbow laces is an idea which was submitted through our Have Your Say platform with the goal to celebrate and support all students, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.
Jack Dranfield, a student who championed the idea said:
"It is really important to me that everyone who wants to, feels they can take part in sport at the University of Portsmouth. One way of doing this is for our societies to be open and accepting of every student who wants to join. Showing their support of the LGBT community in such a public way means people who may not know what rainbow laces are, see them and start a conversation. Hopefully, it will also show people that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia will not be accepted in sport at Portsmouth. Wearing your laces to fixtures, nights out and casually means you're being an active Ally for the LGBT students of Portsmouth"
Encouraging more LGBTQ+ students to become involved in sport has been an ongoing campaign from the international charity Stonewall whose slogan ‘make sport everyone’s game’ has continued to encourage national teams to show their support. Portsmouth FC have recently backed the campaign for the last couple of years.
VP Sports, Charlotte Beaney explains how the rainbow laces campaign has grown to include all Portsmouth students:
The rainbow laces campaign is a fantastic way for everyone in and supporting sport to kick homophobia in the butt. We are standing up for all our LGBTQ+ members in an incredible ally fashion. We have a great week lined up of rainbow laces to themed dress ups and from pride flags to awareness training. This year we are standing up and saying 'we care about not caring'.
Pride Week will also transform the longest running student night, Purple Wednesday into Pride Wednesday.
Supported by our official events partners, Eskimo11, The Fleet and Popworld will be transformed into a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and inclusivity of all students, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.
Alastair Ritchie, owner of Eskimo11 said:
Inclusivity has always been integral to our events, from race, religion to sexual orientation. It’s great to be part of this campaign as the official partners of the Students' Union.
The night will feature a fundraiser for Stonewall, rainbow and identity flags as well as ally stickers, sponsored by The Astoria and Mr Miyagis.
Head to Pride Wednesday on the 6th February, wearing as many colours of the rainbow as you can manage to celebrate the diversity of Portsmouth students and have a wonderful night with the passionate Fleet and Popworld team.
Drop in sessions are being organised for the week before Pride Week to collect laces from VP Sports, Charlotte. Keep an eye on our social media to find out more.
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