FIFA charges Mexico after fans chant anti-gay slur

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after its fans used an anti-gay slur during the team’s 1-0 win over Germany.

Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s game at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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FIFA advisers: ‘Danger’ for LGBTQ fans at World Cup in Russia

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MOSCOW (AP) – FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong and intensified after a law was introduced in 2013 prohibiting dissemination to minors of “propaganda” legitimizing homosexuality.

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Watermark Year in Review: July 2015

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Out Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis, who spoke with Watermark this year (gasp!), played a huge role in making Disney’s stance clear: Gays are welcome here. The Out and Equal Institute, which advocates for equality in the workplace, historically showed up at WDW’s Coronado Springs Resort. Next year, Out and Equal’s annual summit comes to Disney’s Swan and Dolphin resort for four days. It pays to like gays.

It was a rough year for HIV/AIDS advocates in Central Florida. In July, news came down that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control would not be funding any Orlando-area HIV/AIDS-care organizations. Though Metro Wellness in St. Pete did make the cut, Orlando orgs were pushed into a scramble, which is sad when you consider that Orange County’s new HIV cases were up 47 percent.

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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

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SYDNEY (AP) — World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Aug. 29 for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the “inclusion policy” ensures “every individual, whether they’re players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.”

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FIFA: Task force will be appointed in Russia to tackle discrimination at 2018 World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Splits in FIFA’s plan to fight discrimination at the World Cup have been exposed after reported incidents involving fans went unpunished.

The public divide was revealed Thursday at a briefing involving the chairmen of FIFA’s task force against racism, Jeffrey Webb, and its disciplinary panel, Claudio Sulser. It came at a World Cup which FIFA President Sepp Blatter has pledged would not tolerate discrimination.

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Mexico coach defends gay slur chant by crowd

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Santos, Brazil – Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has defended World Cup fans chanting a gay slur which is under investigation by the sport’s international governing body.

Mexico fans shouting the slur as the rival team’s goalkeeper takes a goal kick is “not that bad,” Herrera said Friday.

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Gay rights groups target World Cup for spotlight

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Gay rights activists in Brazil are using the spotlight of the World Cup to draw attention to the harsh penalties gay people face in many of the countries represented at soccer’s premier event.

This week’s first-round featured a match between Iran, whose former president claimed gays don’t exist, and Nigeria, where the penalty for gay sex ranges from imprisonment to death by stoning. At a city square near the match in Curitaba, a protest led by the gay rights organization Grupo Dignidade attracted about 400 people, many brandishing signs reading “Show homophobia the red card,” and “In this World Cup, homophobia is out of bounds.”

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English soccer star slams selection of Qatar, Russia for World Cup

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London – A leading figure within the English Football Association says she won’t go to the World Cups in Qatar and Russia because of their anti-gay laws.

Casey Stoney, the England women’s team captain, says FIFA has set the wrong example by awarding its showpiece men’s events to those countries.
Stoney, who is gay, told the BBC: ”I won’t be going to Russia or Qatar to watch a World Cup because I wouldn’t be accepted there.”

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Former German footballer comes out, denounces Russian anti-gay policies

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BERLIN (AP) – A former World Cup player from Germany came out as gay on Wednesday, rebuking the Russian anti-gay law that threatens to tarnish next month’s Sochi Olympics and challenging the longstanding stigma against homosexuality in football.

With his announcement, Thomas Hitzlsperger became the biggest name in football to declare he is gay. He said he wants to help break down the prejudice against homosexuality that has long permeated the macho, testosterone-fueled culture of the world’s most popular sport.

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