While the FIFA World Cup 2018 fever is on a rise, fans all across the globe are busy cheering for their favorite teams. But amid all the craziness for the game, six LGBTQLA+ activists decided to use the focus of the game to send out a message about the cause that they felt was necessary to be put out in the open. In order to protest against Russia’s anti-LGBT legislation, which banned “gay propaganda” back in 2013, including the use of the rainbow flag, these six activists wore colourful soccer jerseys from their home countries to create what they called ‘Hidden Flag’ and flaunted it on the streets of Moscow.
Jason Ball, an Australian LGBTI advocate, took to his twitter handle to share the picture of their act with a caption, “In Russia, it’s illegal to display the LGBT pride flag. So during the #WorldCup, these 6 football fans have formed a hidden rainbow flag with their soccer jerseys, to protest Russia’s discriminatory laws in plain sight. #HiddenFlag”
In Russia it’s illegal to display the LGBT pride flag. So during the #WorldCup these 6 football fans have formed a hidden rainbow flag with their soccer jerseys, to protest Russia’s discriminatory laws in plain sight. #HiddenFlag ✊🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/I6uvYztGlR— Jason Ball (@jasonballau) July 9, 2018
The activists wore jerseys from Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, representing the colors of the pride flag and visited iconic sites in Russia. This brave step led to much praise and applaud from other Twitter users and netizens couldn’t stop cheering for them.
Check out some of the reactions here:
And they are all using jerseys of countries in where gay marriage is legal: Spain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia. I don't think that was a coincidence :p— David Peraza (@Fiuve) July 10, 2018
It’s not that they necessarily broke the law, it is more that they are protesting against the law thus disrespecting it.— BushMasterAU (@RileyKenyonAU) July 11, 2018
First of all, they didn't break any law. Second of all, it's a protest. Just because something is law, it doesn't mean it's right.— I'm better than you (@greatervince) July 10, 2018
BRILLIANT!!! BRAVO!!— Kiki Falalala (@ChristieLafran1) July 10, 2018
THIS. IS. SO. FANTASTIC!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!— Timothy Empkie, MD (@42hopestreetbus) July 10, 2018