Football’s Coming Out is a new digital documentary for Channel 4 and All 4’s YouTube channel.
The digital documentary will explore why there are still barriers for top footballers being openly LGBTQ+, with many Premier League football players often experiencing numerous challenges if they come out publicly.
Produced by Bullion Productions, the documentary will show the pressure players face if they decide to come out and the reaction that invokes from other players, fans, press, social media and financial donors.
Archive footage will be used to show what previously happened in historical case studies and how that has changed over time.
There will be commentary from Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, former Premier League manager Ian Holloway, and Britain’s highest-ranked openly gay footballer for Thetford F.C., Matt Morton.
Ex-Premier League footballer Joleon Lescott, niece of Justin Fashanu and founder of The Justin Fashanu foundation, Amal Fashanu, Head of TalkSport Lee Clayton, football agent Georgie Hodge and super agent Jon Smith will also feature.
Digital commissioner Thomas Pullen commented: “I sincerely hope that this documentary can be a springboard for more conversation around a subject that is still deemed taboo by many and by watching this documentary, LGBTQ+ players current and future can feel encouraged to be their most authentic selves in the sport they love.”
Football’s Coming Out will launch on All 4 and Channel 4’s YouTube on 25 January 2022.