These activists produced a hidden rainbow flag in Russia using football shirts
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Six activists wearing strategically coloured football shirts travelled to Russia to produce a hidden rainbow flag during the World Cup. Standing in a recognisable colour sequence of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple the group were protesting against Russia’s law banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to under-18s. The Hidden Flag project was arranged by the Federation (FELGTB), Spain’s largest organisation for LGBT+ rights, which sent people in the shirts of Spain, Holland, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia to Russia to recreate the rainbow flag, otherwise known as the LGBT+ pride flag. There was an international outcry when in 2013, Russia passed a law banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to under-18s. And while those rules appear to have been relaxed for tourists during the World Cup, with fans allowed to display the rainbow flag in stadiums, fears remain that the protection afforded to them at this summer’s World Cup will disappear once the event has finished. Mateo from Colombia is one of those who took part in the project, wearing the purple Colombia goalkeeper shirt. He said that getting involved made him think more about how he can support those in the community who don’t feel free to express themselves. “When I was asked (to participate) I approached it with curiosity and I thought the project was very cool and a good thing to participate in,” Mateo told the Press Association.
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