Wembley Stadium arch goes rainbow for Orlando

Monday 13 Jun 2016
The Wembley Stadium arch lit in rainbow colours

The Football Association remembered the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando by lighting the Wembley Stadium arch in rainbow colours on Tuesday night.

Robbie de Santos, head of campaigns at Stonewall, one of The FA’s partners in its LGBT advocacy work, said: “To achieve a world where everyone is accepted without exception people must realise we all have a part to play in eradicating hate.

“The LGBT community needs allies like The Football Association to stand up and address everyday instances of discrimination, when it is safe to do so.

“We also need institutions, workplaces and communities to make it clear that they will not stand for hateful attitudes or comments towards the LGBT community.

“Everyday homophobia that goes unchallenged sends a toxic message that being abusive towards LGBT people is OK. We will continue to work for acceptance without exception, and we need to do that together.”

The FA’s work in tackling homophobia, transphobia and biphobia remains ongoing as part of English Football’s Inclusion & Anti-Discrimination Action Plan.

The end-of-season report is due to be released next month and will outline work being done by governing bodies and campaign groups across the game in this field.

By FA Staff