LGBTIQ+ rights and the FIFA Mens World Cup Qatar 2022

We are a grouping of organisations who support the rights
of LGBTIQ+ persons. We have come together to highlight
discrimination and exclusion against the LGBTIQ+ community
particularly in relation to the FIFA Mens World Cup Qatar 2022.
We support the rights of LGBTIQ+ persons and highlight articles
3 and 4 of the FIFA statutes on human rights and countering
discrimination, and mention of the same within the joint
sustainability strategy agreed between FIFA and the Supreme
Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

People of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and
expressions, and sex characteristics come from all regions of the
world. They are however often marginalised, shunned, silenced,
ridiculed, discriminated against, taunted, and sometimes shamed,
harassed, censored, beaten, arrested, imprisoned or even killed
simply for who they are, how they express themselves, who they
love, and for having bodies that are different.

Football is a unifying sport that brings people together in healthy
competition. It is a place where the best of humanity can shine.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 presents a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for the state of Qatar to showcase its technical
abilities and prowess as a modern nation state to host the
world’s most watched sports competition. A sport that reaches
every corner of the world and contributes to tolerance, human
understanding and equality.

We call on FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery &
Legacy to ensure a safe and welcoming atmosphere for LGBTIQ+
persons during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Read more, open pdf: Statement on LGBTIQ rights at FWC Qatar 2022

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