World Cup organizers tell fans ‘not to display sexuality’

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Queer football fans have been “strongly” warned to not “publicly display sexuality” when they come to see world cup matches in Russia. Football Supporters’ Federation noted that expressing same-sex affections could be dangerous in Russia, because the country remains homophobic, though homosexuality is not legally forbidden. “With any trip abroad it is essential to understand your destination’s cultural and ideological beliefs. Whilst often you are able to behave as you would in the UK, certain things must be treated with caution in societies less tolerant than back home.” Rainbow flags and other Pride sybols are okay (at least there is no officially declared ban on them), but it is better to avoid kissing or holding hands in public. Trans fans are also advised to find someone to attend the toilet with them, or to go to a disabled toilet if possible. “Going to the toilet is a specific concern for trans people going to Russia for the World Cup,” the post reads.

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