World Wrestling Entertainment held a big event in Saudi Arabia and LGBT fans did not like it

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Saudi Arabia criminalizes homosexuality which means that openly gay fans did not feel safe during the Greatest Royal Rumble held there. But it was not the only problem caused by local Saudi laws. They also ban women from taking part in sport competitions which means that a number of female wrestlers, in part openly lesbian Sonya Deville, were left outside this competition. It was only in January that Saudi Arabia relaxed some of its laws to allow women to attend sporting events without covering their faces, but they are still not allowed to compete. Fans have expressed their disappointment over the lack of women wrestlers and the significance of the location for LGBT+ fans alike, with one fan saying they are “torn” over watching the landmark event. Twitter account WWE LGBT asked its queer fans what they thought about the tournament’s controversial location, with 64 percent stating that they disagreed with it taking place in Saudi Arabia.

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