Rainbow-themed badge adorns USMNT training camp in Qatar
The USMNT The World Cup team shows its support for the LGBTQ community by means of a rainbow themed team logo inside their training center and media work room.
Same-sex relations are illegal in Qatar. which hosts the tournament from Sunday. The design features seven rainbow-colored vertical stripes below “USA” in dark blue lettering and is part of the “Be The Change” initiative the team adopted in 2020 with the aim of inspiring action. on social justice issues.
“When we are on the world stage and when we are in a place like Qatar, it is important to raise awareness of these issues and that’s what “Be the Change” is all about, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said at a news conference Monday. “It’s not just in the United States that we want to bring attention to social issues, it’s also abroad. We recognize that Qatar has made progress and there has been a ton progress, but there is still work to do.”
Organizers of the World Cup, which is the first to be held in a Middle Eastern country, say everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or originsd, is welcome, while cautioning against public displays of affection.
Football players have raised concerns about the rights of fans traveling to the event, in particular LGBTQ people and womenwhich rights groups say Qatari laws are discriminatory. “We are a group that believes in inclusiveness and we will continue to project that message into the future,” the US goalkeeper said. Sean Johnson. “We’ve had discussions and continue to have discussions as we head into the games. We’ve built on the message of ‘Be the Change’. It’s something we’re proud of and continue to work towards. , impact ourselves, our presence and our platform, and we will continue to do so here in Qatar.”
The Rainbow Badge, which will not be worn by the team during World Cup matches, has been regularly displayed by US Soccer, no matter the occasion, as a way to promote a spirit of inclusivity. “Our rainbow badge plays an important and consistent role in the identity of American football“said spokesman Neil Buethe in an email to Reuters. “As part of our approach to any game or event, we include the rainbow brand to support and embrace the LGBTQ community, as well as to promote a spirit of inclusivity and welcome for all fans around the world. As a result, the venues we will manage and operate during the World Cup, such as the team hotel, media areas and parties, will feature both traditional and rainbow US Soccer branding.” .