Stealth tactic gets rainbow flags into World Cup stadiums in Qatar via ‘Pride Nation’ filter

Brazilian magazine Corner provides augmented reality filter option that transforms every flag into a Pride flag; filter is a safe way to show solidarity for those attending World Cup games in Qatar; “We’ll always stand for human rights. That’s why this campaign was born,” says Corner’s founder and editor…

A World Cup wish for ‘peace and freedom’ – LGBT+ Qatari stories, shared by Dr Nas

Every day during the FIFA World Cup, Dr Nas Mohamed is sharing a story from a fellow LGBT+ Qatari; members of the community back in Qatar have been submitting testimonies via Instagram – read them here; Dr Nas is raising money for the Alwan Foundation to advance LGBTQ+ rights in the Gulf region

Sport Allies ‘gobsmacked’ to benefit from Joe Lycett’s £10,000 World Cup protest

The charity, which was set up in 2016 from funds raised by the sale of nude calendars, receives generous donation from Lycett; comedian admitted he didn’t shred the cash, which was a stunt to draw attention to David Beckham’s multi-million pound ambassadorial deal with tournament hosts Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal…

‘Joining would mean jail’: Plight of LGBTQ+ Qataris highlighted at World Cup by Proud Maroons fans group

People outside Qatar are being urged to join a new LGBTQ+ fans group for the World Cup 2022 hosts’ national team – because it’s not safe for Qataris themselves to show support for Proud Maroons; “we have the chance to bring global visibility to my community,” says Dr Nas Mohamed, the world’s only out gay Qatari

‘Shockingly scandalous’: LGBT+ fans groups blast FIFA ahead of Qatar 2022 World Cup

Groups for LGBTQ+ people and allies who support England and Wales say FIFA’s letter asking 32 national associations and their players to focus on football at World Cup is “deeply troubling”; Pride in Football, the network of LGBTQ+ fans groups, also part of joint statement, which says ‘No Pride Without All’ is a more appropriate slogan than ‘Now is All’

Veteran campaigner Tatchell stages first LGBTQ+ public protest in Gulf nation ahead of World Cup

Peter Tatchell posts video message saying he was “arrested and detained” by Qatari police following kerbside protest in Doha, though authorities deny this; 70-year-old was wearing #QatarAntiGay T-shirt and says he was “standing in solidarity with brave Qatari human rights defenders”; Tatchell urges FIFA to “press Qatar much harder to deliver on human rights”

World Mental Health Day is way in to talk about being LGBTQ+ in Qatar – is football listening?

Testimonies from lesbian, gay, bi and trans people experiencing persecution and prejudice within the World Cup host nation are being shared; however, influential football figures are yet to amplify their voices; theme of annual awareness day is ‘make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’

LGBTQ+ fans ‘not taken seriously’ by FIFA or Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers, say groups

Statement issued by eight supporters groups, including Three Lions Pride from England and The Rainbow Wall from Wales, says neither world football’s governing body nor Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy have made enough effort to engage with concerns of LGBTQ+ fans…

Qatar 2022 Working Group on LGBTQ+ inclusion at World Cup convened by Kick It Out

Sports Media LGBT+ joins English football’s leading anti-discrimination organisation plus Stonewall, Football v Homophobia and Football Supporters’ Association to explore challenges facing LGBTQ+ people who will travel to World Cup in Qatar, and ongoing experiences of Qataris who are lesbian, gay, bi and trans…