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.
Paul Amann was kind enough to share:
You’ll Never Walk Alone was first a show tune from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Later popularised in an iconic recording by Judy Garland, who was originally due to perform it in a film which Time Magazine named as the best musical of 20th century.
This song became a Kop favourite in the 1960s and to this day is recognised as the Liverpool anthem.
[My] presentation explores how the meaning of this song has gradually grown to resonate not just with fans of Liverpool, but its particular impact on members of Liverpool’s LGBT communities, and as a backdrop to the rising number of out people in the football and sport.
Football in Liverpool has near religious significance and reaches parts of the communities that nothing else can. The work of LGBT activists in engaging with LFC has helped the wider fan base recognise the inclusiveness of the LFC family.
I am a mixed-heritage gay man and played amateur football in the Gay Football Supporters Network for 5 years, worked with LFC for over 6 years, founded Kop Outs, and have campaigned for LGBT rights for over 25 years. I’ve catalogued artefacts from various football campaigns, and am proud of the work of fellow fans that has contributed to change in football and beyond.
To find out more about the OUTing the Past Liverpool celebration, click here.
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