Kick It Out are supporting a new campaign launched by Just A Ball Game?, an LGBT+ organisation, to promote trans inclusion in football. Below is a press release produced by Just A Ball Game? about the campaign.

So much is being thrown around about the reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and also trans inclusion in such a negative way.

Here at JUST A BALL GAME? (JBG?) we wanted to put our weight behind our trans brothers, sisters, friends, colleagues , strangers, and also those who may identify as non-binary, gender neutral or other, and show some love and support by issuing “Trans Kids Are Alright” laces.

Our patron Sophie Cook, alongside our friends at GMB Union/ Kick It Out/ Fans For Diversity/ have backed the initiative to raise awareness and visibility by wearing our pink and blue laces.

We have also been given the support of Dawn Butler, Labour MP Brent Central and Shadow SOS for Women & Equalities for this initiative.

Brian Shaw Chair of GMB London Regional Equality Forum says: “GMB Shout welcome this initiative, trans rights are human rights and changes to the gender recognition act need to be supported. Join GMB Shout campaign’s -

Sophie Cook JBG? Patron has these words: “With the increasing levels of anti-trans prejudice that we are seeing in some quarters it is more important than ever to stand united in support of transgender rights.

"Trans people are disproportionately likely to suffer with mental health issues due to the abuse and discrimination that they receive so every sign of solidarity helps to show them that there are more people that believe in equality and love than those that seek to spread hate. I love this initiative from Just A Ball Game? And urge everyone to get behind the campaign and show that trans rights are human rights.”

Roisin Wood, CEO of Kick It Out, said: “The trans community are an important part of football and we were pleased to recognise that by appointing Sophie as our first transgender ambassador in 2016.

“Just A Ball Game? do vital work supporting LGBT participants in the game and we are delighted to throw our support behind their pink and blue laces campaign to promote trans inclusion.”

JBG? have a limited number of the laces available and those who donate a minimum of £5 to JBG? via our website and social media links, will receive a pair of laces (while stocks last and inclusive of P+P) and a free JBG? badge.

Please show your support for trans inclusion and wear pink and blue to let everyone know: “Trans Kids Are Alright.”

Donate here.