Pride and Prejudice in Qatar
World footballers feel so strongly about LGBTQ rights that they are prepared to take a strong a stand at the World Cup in Qatar where homosexuality is illegal.
I’m not, of course, referring to a boycott of the event. Goodness no! They’ll still play in Qatar. You wouldn’t miss a World Cup for your views on LBGTQ rights.
But, they announced, while playing in the country that criminalises homosexuality they will bravely wear a gay pride armband.
Before any of us had a chance to call the players “stunning” and “brave”, FIFA announced that any competitor wearing the Pride armband would receive a yellow card.
This was bad.
Players and their teams were prepared to cop a fine for supporting LGBTQ rights, but a yellow card would curtail their ability to play in the tournament.
This did make me laugh. Players often risk a yellow card by removing their shirts to celebrate a goal. Then again, a goal in soccer is harder to come by than LBGTQ rights. But I digress.
The players, who feel very strongly about LBGTQ rights, will not boycott the world cup'; nor will they wear the rainbow insignia on their shirt.
Instead, the players will take a strong stance in support of LBGTQ rights by wearing an anti discrimination arm band that does not mention LGBTQ rights at all.