World Cup 2018: Activists find unique way to display Pride flag despite ban

first_imgThe attention of the entire world is fixed on the FIFA World Cup 2018. Football is the most followed sport in the world and the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the universe.And it is at this stage that a group of activists made their views known.Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were plenty of concerns for the LGBTQ community.The LGBTQ community in Russia does not enjoy certain rights and various organisations had asked gay people to be careful if they did go to watch the World Cup.Besides, Russia bans the display the Pride flag — the rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world. The rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world is banned in Russia (thehiddenflag.com)On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India heard pleas against Section 377 that criminalises gay sex in India. Pleas were filed against the law after the Supreme Court passed ‘Right to Privacy’ as a fundamental right last year and even though the final judgement is yet to come, the highest court is hearing the case.Just a few days before this hearing in New Delhi, far away in Russia, six activists walked around the streets created a hidden Pride flag through football jerseys.Activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) came together in Russia and formed a hidden flag as a protest against the Russian law.advertisement Photos of these activists going around Russia was uploaded on their website (thehiddenflag.com)The photos of these activists going around Russia, standing, sitting and walking in the line of colours that form the rainbow flag was uploaded on their website.With the photos making it to social media, people marvelled at the courage and statement that the activists made and showed their support for the same.An LGBT activist Eric Rosswood shared the news and expressed his excitement about the unique show of support for the LGBTQ community in Russia.OMG! I love this so much! People went to Russia during the World Cup and dressed in different colored jerseys to form the rainbow flag when they stood next to each other! FABULOUS! #HiddenFlag https://t.co/7LbIiHPlJXEric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) July 10, 2018A Twitter user ValStew called it a “great idea” and expressed her support towards freedom to love.What a great idea. Way to go ! Everyone has the right to love whom ever they choose. #LoveIsLove #HiddenFlag https://t.co/co7lzdB7LYValStew (@vstew0360) July 9, 2018World Cup is a huge platform to show a range of ideals, emotions and beliefs to the world and these six activists have done exactly that.With Russia attempting to improve their image through the World Cup, this was a unique way to convey some of their loopholes and portray the voices behind the LGBTQ community. LGBT activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) (thehiddenflag.com)Meanwhile, the footballing action in the World Cup is about to begin again on Tuesday with France and Belgium taking on each other in the first semi-final.England will take on Croatia in the second semi-final on Wednesday.While the third-place match will take place on Saturday, Sunday will the big day when two countries will battle for the coveted Trophy.last_img


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *