- This is the profile for Paul Amann, the LGBT Supporters' Representative on the Liverpool Supporters' Committee.
I am a lifelong LFC fan. I periodically watch matches at Anfield and regularly follow the match on TV and radio. I regularly meet with other LGBT LFC supporters and understand their issues, needs and concerns. I was chair of Mersey Marauders Football Club (MMFC) for 5 years, the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) club for this area. In 2008 I organised the GFSN National Tournament in Liverpool which was widely acknowledged as the best to date. This comprised a weekend of 5-a-side for 32 teams with an official welcome event at Liverpool Town Hall presided over by the then Lord Mayor, Cllr Steve Rotheram. In 2010 and 2011, I have organised events to mark football vs homophobia as part of the Justin Campaign. For 3 years, I have organised matches between MMFC and Merseyside Police which have improved relations and supported confidence in hate crime reporting. On 17 October 2010, I organised for MMFC players and their BAPs (boyfriends and partners), wearing MMFC kit to bring football to the Bed In at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. This was to watch the derby match in bed and highlight that football is watched and played by LGBT people who have every right to enjoy the beautiful game as anyone else. This helped create a dialogue among football fans of all backgrounds and raised the issue of eliminating homophobia in football. This included a debate with Louisa Jones of the University of Central Lancashire about homophobia in football which was live web cast to much interest and positive response. Ahead of this, I was interviewed by Sean Styles of BBC Radio Merseyside in a live debate about this unique Bed In at the Blue Coat. In 2008, as part of Homotopia and Capital of Culture, I participated in a panel debate at Hope University about homophobia in sport. In 2009, I spoke with representatives of EFC and LFC to a fringe meeting of the TUC about homophobia in football. I am an active member of the LGB&T Network which represents the interests of LGBT communities of Liverpool. I have a responsibility to these communities to effectively represent them and communicate back with them about appropriate developments. I was instrumental in the development of Liverpool Pride in 2010, coordinating the contribution of Liverpool City Council. This included a Pride Sports Day affording LGBT communities the opportunity to participate in sports. I am a co-author of Liverpool's Anti-homophobic Bullying Strategy. I am an honorary life member of Liverpool's Guild of Students for my contributions to the equalities agenda of the university. I recognise and applaud the achievements of football and LFC in particular in addressing issues of sectarianism and racism using resources such as Show Racism the Red Card, and Kick it Out. I look forward to supporting LFC to consider similar approaches in addressing homophobia. I am used to working in committee structures and am passionate to ensure that LFC improves its engagement with communities and help make supporting LFC a more inclusive experience for all
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