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LGBT Fans Advised Not to Hold Hands During 2018 FIFA World Cup

Breanna Zarate

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LGBT soccer fans who are planning on attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next year are being warned not to hold hands or show affection while at the game. The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) have set out an issue guide that will help to keep LGBT safe during their stay in Russia. “The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community. The same message is there for black and ethnic minority fans—do go to the World Cup but be cautious,” says Pirar Powar, executive of FARE. Pilar Anderson (12) says,” I think it’s good that someone is trying to help those who are going to the World Cup.”

While there are no laws that outlaw being gay in Russia, there have been many headlines coming out showing the intolerance that Russia has towards LGBT people. There is a law in Russia that forbids the promotion of homosexuality, and something as simple as a little sign of affection can get a person of the gay community in a lot of trouble.  “If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so—that depends on which city they are in and the time of day,” says Pirar Powar. “I think it’s unfair because people should be able to be who they are, wherever they are,” says Charlotte Yang (11).  Tony Pham (11) says, “Russia should not be able to host big events like this if they aren’t going to make it safe for everyone to come.”

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