VfL Wolfsburg will underline their anti-discrimination stance from 11 to 17 May as part of the ‘Wolfsburg Week for Diversity and Tolerance’. Every night the Volkswagen Arena will be lit up in rainbow colours and, at the initiative of the Wolfsburg Aids Foundation, numerous representatives of trade unions, church, art and culture, youth and school, as well as sport, business and the city of Wolfsburg will also show their support for diversity in this way over the coming week.
Day of action against homophobia and transphobia
This initiative was prompted by the decision of the General Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses on 17 May 1990. Since then, the date has been regarded worldwide as the International Day of Action against Homophobia and Transphobia.
VfL Wolfsburg as pioneers
As a global symbol for diversity, tolerance and acceptance, the rainbow emblem will be visible for a week in the form of flags and illuminations at many popular locations around the city of Wolfsburg. As a trailblazer in German football when it comes to the issue of diversity, VfL Wolfsburg joined the initiative without hesitation.
In March 2017, Nilla Fischer was the first captain of a Women’s Bundesliga team to lead her side out wearing a rainbow-coloured armband. In August 2018, men’s captain Josuha Guilavogui and all other teams at VfL followed suit, setting a colourful example for diversity across all age categories.
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