The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) was founded in London in 1989 by William Lehauli. The network was established as a social network for LGBT football fans, but has since increased nationally to support LGBT fans, campaigners, and players. Regional GFSNs hold regular events for fans to meet and discuss the game in a safe and welcoming environment.
As well as providing a social network for football fans GFSN also campaigns against homophobia in football. They supported Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces initiative and support the Football Associations Football For All campaign to pressure clubs to enforce an LGBT-tolerant position.
Recognising that many fans also enjoy playing football, the GFSN set up a tournament in 1999, and a national league in 2002. Liverpool’s LGBT football team, the Mersey Marauders, have won the GFSN cup twice, most recently in November 2016.