Rainbow Laces

LGBTQ+ History Month: How Billy Sharp inspires Miley

25 Feb 2022

Sheff Utd's Miley chats with her hero as part of Rainbow Laces learning resources for PL Primary Stars

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February 2022 marks LGBTQ+ History Month and to facilitate discussions around sexuality, allyship and empowering young people to tackle discrimination, primary schools in England and Wales are able to use education resources developed by the Premier League.

One resource is a video featuring Miley and her mum talk about her being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, the positive impact of the Rainbow Laces campaign and how football can bring people together.

Miley is part of Sheffield United's Empower LGBTQ+ Project, a programme supported by the Premier League and PFA Community Fund that aims to increase the number of LGBTQ+ individuals participating in physical activity and sport.

Rainbow Laces support

At the time, Miley was unable to meet her hero, Blades striker Billy Sharp because of COVID-19 restrictions, but she finally got to sit down with him and they talked about the importance of Rainbow Laces and how Sharp wearing the rainbow armband was such an important act for the LGBTQ+ community. 

"I was proud to support the campaign on the day," says Sharp. "I'm a proud captain and I've got people in my life now I've met you as well."

Miley adds: "It just makes a huge difference to people's lives because they feel so special and it feels like you're in our corner supporting us."

The education resources on the Premier League Primary Stars website will be available free to teachers in primary and secondary schools in England and Wales.

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