OUTing the Past 2018 Gazetted Presenter Spotlight: Darryl Telles

This year, the Festival Comms Team has reached out to all OUTing the Past 2018 gazetted presenters, whose presentations you may see at upcoming celebrations. In order to provide a platform for their invaluable work, presenters were asked a series a questions to acquaint you with their previous and current projects.

Darryl Telles was kind enough to share:

Queering Football

With Russia and Qatar on the horizon,  will the attempts to queer football take a battering?

Darryl Telles, author of “We’re Queer and we should be here”, focuses on global attempts to make the beautiful game LGBT friendly.

He will trace the development of LGBT involvement in football from the establishment of the Gay Football Supporters Network in 1989, and the outing of Justin Fashanu to the establishment of the Queer Football Fanclubs in Europe.

Now with more than 30 LGBT supporters groups in the UK has their official recognition made them hostages to fortune? What can be learnt from the Football Fans Against Homophobia campaigns on the continent and their involvement of straight allies?

And as UEFA and FIFA finally recognises the need to tackle homophobia, with Pride Houses at the recent European championships,  what are the prospects for this year with Putin’s Russia host for the World Cup?



Darryl Telles came out in the early 1980s whilst at university. He established the Lesbian and Gay Coalition in the 1990s and was the first out Black gay man elected to a union committee in 1987. He was one of the first members of the Gay Football Supporters Network and in 2014 became the inaugural chair of the Proud Lilywhites, the LGBT supporters group of Tottenham Hotspur FC. He worked for Football Supporters Europe during the 2016 EUROS.

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  1. Enjoyed Darryl’s talk at Bishopsgate. He gave the talk on the same evening Spurs were playing in an FA Cup replay (thus missing the match and showing his dedication to LGBT HM). That same day, in the afternoon, I was looking at the Gay News Archive in the British Library and read about the late 1970s GayStars XI Football team- established by referee Norman Redman, Captained by Roger Payne (GN 4.4.1979).

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