Bowman: Rainbow Laces is a great campaign

The 32-year-old was speaking on My Albion Audio's most recent podcast.

By Charlie Hanson • 11 December 2020

By Kyle Hemsley
Dani Bowman spoke candidly about her sexuality in MyAlbion Audio's podcast with the women's team captain.

Dani Bowman has said that Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign 'symbolises that everyone should be accepted'.

You can listen to the podcast in full by clicking here.

Here's what she had to say on the campaign, ahead of this weekend's Women's Super League match against Chelsea.

Why do you think Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign is so important?

It's to make everyone feel included. Not everyone is born the same and it's important that people accept that, whether you're bisexual, straight, gay or trans, everyone is a human being.

What the campaign symbolises is that everyone should be accepted for who they are without any judgement. It's a very good campaign. Within women's football there is a lot of openly gay players and it's never questioned – that's really important for society in general. That's how football and the world should be. In the men's game it's not as accepted as openly which is a shame, but hopefully one day it will be and there won't be any fear for who you might be or what you might say.

Have you ever been abused because of your sexuality?

People have always made comments about women's football, but in any women's team sport you will find a lot of comments are made. But the support within your team, your community and bubble - those people closest to you - is what really helps you and offers support. The more we can help each other and allow people to be who they want to be and to let them to have a voice can only be a good thing.

Why is it important to have an open conversation about sexuality?

The louder we can become, the quieter the other voices become and that is really important. The louder we are, whatever they say it just becomes background noise. You do have to have a thick skin because comments do get made, but you also have to take them with a pinch of salt.

What's interesting these days is, would you go up to somebody and say something derogatory? Probably not. You've got to look at those comments as irrelevant and concentrate what's important like family, my teammates and my support network, that's what is going to get me through those tough moments.

Is it possible to educate everyone?

We are better off influencing the next generation because the more openly we can talk about things in school – it doesn’t need to be about sexuality, it can be about anything – the better.

The more honest we can be with each other and allow everyone to have free speech is going to help for years to come. Some adults are lost causes and that's maybe the way they were brought up, they hadn't seen it before and they find it hard to accept. Whereas with kids now, if you turn the soaps on in the evening you have the same-sex couples on TV. It's less frowned upon. It's important we allow kids to express themselves and see things like that. They shouldn't be hidden away from it and never see it.

What's your message to those who might have an issue with somebody's sexuality?

Everyone is human – I just so happen to love somebody of the same sex, it doesn't make me any difference. Love is love. It doesn't matter about your gender, people have got to accept each other for who they are. The more that it's out there, the more acceptable it becomes. Fortunately that's what TV shows are doing, they are increasingly allowing it to be an open debate instead of 'I don’t want to talk about that'. It now provokes a conversation. When I have kids, I want that conversation to be open.

You can listen to Dani talking in depth about her career and the Rainbow Laces campaign on the latest MyAlbion Audio podcast, by clicking here.

Supporters can also download the Albion's WSL matchday programme for the clash with Chelsea for free.