Among the many controversies surrounding this year’s Fifa World Cup in Qatar, the treatment of LGBTQ+ people in the host nation has angered millions around the world. Now gay icon Miriam Margolyes is fronting a campaign to make sure queer people and allies can support future world cups with a clear conscience.
“Queer people, like me, across the globe we love football,” Margolyes says in a new video shared online as part of a campaign with LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall. “We just can’t support it like everyone else, because the World Cup is currently being held in Qatar – and we all know how Qatar feels about the gays.
“But if that wasn’t a big enough kick in the tits, the 2030 World Cup could be given to another host nation that criminalises LGBTQ+ people, judging by the countries currently bidding for it.”
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Confirmed bids for the men’s 2030 competition include countries such as Saudi Arabia and Paraguay, where homosexuality is illegal.
“Where are we holding the 2030 World Cup? And how much do you want?” the outspoken actress asks down the phone in the new video.
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