• Michelle Hebert

FIFA advisers warn LGBT fans attending 2018 World Cup

The LGBT community members attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia are being warned by FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers about making public displays of affection. Public displays of affection by LGBT people could cause bystanders to take negative actions.

FARE, Football Against Racism in Europe, is a group that is making a guide for all the LGBT members attending the FIFA World Cup. FARE’s executive director Piara Powar stated, "the guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community," ABC News reported.

The guide will also include detailed explanations of the situation of the LGBT community in Russia. In 1993, homosexuality was decriminalized; however, in 2013 a new law was introduced: the promotion of homosexuality to minors is against the law, multiple news sources reported. Russia has a law that bans the teaching of homosexuality in schools, according to the Guardian.

Rainbow flags being allowed to be raised in the stadium is also a situation in question. British and German fans have asked FIFA if rainbow flags will be allowed to be raised, and Powar responded, "FIFA has not really responded so far to say if this is something the security services will allow," USA Today reported.