Liverpool FC is supporting this year's Rainbow Laces campaign with a whole host of activity taking place across the club.
LFC will showcase its Rainbow Laces support at the men’s Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday December 4 and LFC Women’s fixture against West Ham United FC Women at Prenton Park on Sunday December 8.
The team captains will don the rainbow armband to lead out their respective teams and players will also have the opportunity to wear Rainbow Laces in their boots.
Representatives from LGBT supporter groups, LFC’s Kop Outs and EFC’s Rainbow Toffees, will exchange a ceremonial pennant and take part in a short Q&A pitchside ahead of the derby.
They will also be hosted at the game by the club along with other key LGBT representatives to thank them for their support.
Fans can pick up some free Rainbow Laces ahead of the Everton match, which will be distributed by LFC’s fan support team in and around the stadium and family parks.
The Reds’ official charity, LFC Foundation, also held Rainbow Laces-themed workshops with more than 120 Year 5 and 6 pupils from 16 local schools at its Anfield Sports and Community Centre home ahead of its Premier League Primary Stars tournament.
Additional sessions were conducted with young people at the charity’s Onside and Premier League Kicks programmes.
Stonewall, the organisation behind the Rainbow Laces campaign, will deliver insight sessions across three LFC sites for staff to attend.
The sessions focus on breaking down the myths and misconceptions surrounding equality and inclusion, and also provide staff with the opportunity to find out more about LGBT history, terminology, and much more in an open and informal setting.
Simon Thornton, diversity and inclusion senior manager at Liverpool FC, said: “We are proud to be supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign across the club.
“The promotion of diversity and inclusion is something that we are committed to and passionate about.
“From being the first Premier League club to march at a Pride parade eight years ago to the first club to achieve the Premier League’s Advanced Equality Standard, we are continually striving to do more, work with leaders in the field to improve, and be the best we can be.”