World Cup 2018 LGBT Travelers: Be Cautious
Although global football (soccer) fans both straight and gay are excited for the games to begin, it’s important for the queer fans to know that they need to be overwhelmingly cautious about their safety as reported by CTN News.
The Football Supporters’ Federation said that queer fans should not hold hands or be affectionate towards their partner in public, to ensure their safety.
Only with the intention to keep our community informed and safe rather than to cause panic or fear we feel it is our duty to inform everyone of what is being communicated on the World Cup in the anti-LGBT country of Russia.
Pride in Football campaign leader Joe White told the Mirror: “We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us, so it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing.”
White told PinkNews that FIFA was “at least pushing the Russian authorities on investigating the threats and they now have, alongside UEFA, sexual orientation and gender identity rights as part of the bidding process.
Pride House: A safe space in Russia’s capital?
The upside to this unsavory news is that there will be an LGBT Pride House in Russia during the World Cup as reported by newnownext.com.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held this summer in Russia, a country with a history of anti-LGBT discrimination and oppression, but LGBT attendees will have at least one oasis of safety.
Despite the nation’s anti-LGBT policies, prominent Russian LGBT leaders will set up a Pride House in host city St. Petersburg, USA Today reports. While seen as one of Russia’s most cosmopolitan cities, St. Petersburg has been particularly inhospitable to LGBT rights.
We can only hope that the safety of our global community is okay during this year’s World Cup tournament because the news is nothing to suggest that the event is going to be without anti-LGBT prejudice and possible gay bashing.
A recent survey found that 39% of Russians believe it is “likely or highly likely” that LGBT foreigners will be targeted for attacks during the tournament, and about 13% of Russians are “irritated” by the presence of LGBT foreign.
To all our football loving LGBTQI family members who are attending the World Cup in Russia this summer, we ask that you be extra cautious and familiarize yourself with the LGBT Pride House in Russia before traveling to the anti-LGBT country to enjoy the tournament.
The World Cup takes place in Russia starting the summer of 2018 on June 14.
To read more of the CTN News article “Russians tell gay World Cup fans: ‘You’ll be hunted down and stabbed‘” click here.
To read more of the newnownext.com article “LGBT Pride House Will Be Open At World Cup In Russia” click here.