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LGBT History Month – an Everton football first!

26 February 2015 by Kay

Football boots with rainbow laces

February is LGBT History Month, which is an appropriate time to show you this recent addition to our collection.

Everton Football Club became the first UK club to publicly support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign to kick homophobia out of football. Players wore these laces in their match against West Ham at Upton Park, 21 September 2013.

The special rainbow coloured laces were distributed to all professional clubs in the country and players were asked to wear them to demonstrate their solidarity for fellow players who are gay on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “Everyone in our dressing room supported the initiative”. Blues players who wore them included team captain Phil Jagielka, Silvain Distin, Leighton Baines and Tim Howard.

Everton Football Club recently very kindly donated the historic laces and boots to the Museum of Liverpool. They add to our growing collection of items representing Liverpool’s lesbian, gay bisexual and trans communities.

These boots are not on display yet, however you can see other items from the collection on display, including our rainbow flag, which flies proudly over The People’s Republic gallery. LGBT History Month is also a very appropriate time to visit our groundbreaking exhibition April Ashley: portrait of a lady – but hurry, as the exhibition closes on Sunday 1 March.

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