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World Cup 2018: LGBT Activists Create A Hidden Pride Flag, Protest Against 'Russia’s Discriminatory Laws'

Written By Prashasti Shetty | Mumbai | Published:


  • 6 LGBT activists find their way to display the pride flag, take a look!
  • While India continues to fight the battle of scrapping the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

While India continues to fight the battle of decriminalising and scrapping the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, here's what a group of six activists did in Russia during World Cup 2018. "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," tweeted Jason Ball, an Australian LGBTI advocate.

The activists from six nations viz. Spain, Holland, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia are seen walking down streets with their chin up high. And they strategically walked in a line, which is a representation of the LGBTI flag, a creative thought that made, yet a hidden flag.

While there's another video floating online, which features activists being ill treated as they tried to roam freely with their flag of pride. 
Watch the video here:


Meanwhile in India activists too are fighting for equal rights. "The society has stripped our dignity, our soul," said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, an LGBT activist.

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Another activist, Sonal Giani said, "The problem of the country that LGBT is compared with beastiality, murder and mental illness: Sonal Giani, LGBT Activist

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's hearing on petitions challenging Section 377 indicates that it is on its way out. This will be a big win for the community. 

Here's what one of the points in the governments affidavit states: (Point number 6 of the document)

I state and submit that so far as the constitutional validity Section 377 to the extent it applies to "consensual acts of adults in private" is concerned, the Union of India would leave the said question to the wisdom of the Honourable Court.

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