FIFA is set to issue guidelines for members of the LGBTQ community that plan to attend the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which will take place in the summer of next year.
The games tournament’s anti-discrimination advisers, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, are to release the guide.
“The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBTQ community,” FARE executive director Piara Powar said. “If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so? That depends on which city they are in and the time of day.”
“The guide will also include some detailed explanations of for example the actual situation of the LGBTQ community in Russia,” Powar added.
When the 2014 Winter Olympic Games were held in Sochi, Russia, many LGBTQ organizations around the world expressed concern, staging boycotts and protests to bring awareness to the plight of the community there.