Six international football (known as soccer in the United States) fans found a unique way to proudly display the rainbow pride colors without detection from the anti-gay Russian government.
Here’s how the group of six did it. Instead of publicly waving the pride flag out and about in Russia risking the chance of violating the country’s gay propaganda law, they don the colors as a badge of honor.
Six LGBT activists have found a way to fly the Pride flag in Russia – by wearing football shirts in the rainbow colours.
The activists are Marta Márquez from Spain, Eric Houter from the Netherlands, Eloi Pierozan Junior from Brazil, Guillermo León from Argentina and Vanesa Paola Ferrario from Colombia.
Each activists’ country’s football jersey represented a rainbow color, except for a slight variation. The rainbow colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet (ROYGBIV). The group of six had to do without indigo.
Nonetheless, while standing side-by-side the pride colors were on full display. And while unbeknownst to many, they represented the LGBTQIA community proudly throughout Russia.
They visited iconic places like the Red Square and the Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow, and also travelled on the underground and stood next to police officers.
Marta told Newsbeat: “Once we landed in Russia our first steps felt very scary, but little by little we realised that nobody knew what we were doing, so I started to relax, although I stayed alert.
“Over our five day visit there was no sense of real danger, nobody threatened us.
“Most people were very kind to us, especially the tourists who saw us as equals. However, if they had known what we were doing it probably would have been different.”
The name of the clever idea speaks for itself, Hidden Flag. What a befitting title for such a creative gesture. The silent yet public LGBTQIA stance was heard around the world with many gay organizations sharing the group’s photos on various social media platforms.