I was honoured to be asked to take part in Joe's little film for BBC Radio 1 about going to the World Cup in Russia. I urged him to go.
Watch the video here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p067zhsj/radio-1-stories-love-for-men-love-for-football
"Will Russia's attitude to LGBT rights stop football-mad Joe White going to the World Cup? He’s torn between supporting England and the risk of being targeted for his sexuality.
Joe has a World Cup ticket and he never usually misses the chance to cheer on his country, home and away. But he knows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia face many legal and social challenges not experienced by straight people.
As Joe battles between his love for men and his love for football, he speaks to other young gay football fans and those who have experienced life in modern Russia, before deciding if his passion for sport outweighs the possibility of violence."