World’s only openly gay active pro footballer is concerned for LGBTQ community ahead of Qatar 2022
Qatar 2022: Why we don’t see gay people in the Middle East… Photo: Getty Images
At the start of 2017, it was a time where it seemed that every day was the first day of the year, a period where we were all supposed to become friends with our new, fabulous and new year. This was a good time for everyone, all things made sense and the only people who were left out of this magical time were the gay people.
This was going to be the year that Qatar would host the Gay Games – a high profile international celebration to come out of the closet and take gay pride to a new level in the Middle East, with the world watching and most importantly, the people watching.
As we were all aware of, Qatari’s are very proud of their history and the nation has always had a long history of being supportive and open to welcoming everybody. Qatari culture has long been based on respect, tolerance and inclusion.
This year, the nation would be hosting the largest LGBT sporting event the Middle East. It was believed that as we came out with our support and support for Qatar 2022, we would in time, see more people come out and show their support.
Qatar 2022 seemed to be something of an inevitability with Qatar being such a supportive nation and as gay people could be seen as one of the many things that Qatar have been very good at over the years.
When I got the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony for the 2022 Qatar Gay Games, I was determined to be there. I was going to show my support for my LGBT brothers and sisters in the Middle East. I was also going to do what I could to keep LGBTQ people happy and make sure that we didn’t die in a box on the way home from the Games.
So, I decided to travel to Qatar to support my LGBTQ brothers and sisters. I was also determined to make sure that Qatar 2022 did not die in a box. It’s one thing to have an event, but the only way that we are going to