A rainbow-themed badge adorns the USMNT training camp in Qatar
U USMNT The World Cup team shows its support for the LGBTQ community because of a rainbow themed team logo in its training structure and in the average work room.
Same-sex relationships are illegal in Qatar which hosts the tournament starting on Sunday. The design features seven rainbow-colored vertical stripes under “USA” in dark blue letters and is part of the “Be The Change” initiative that the team adopted in 2020 with the aim of inspiring action on the social justice issues.
“When we are on the world stage and when we are in a place like Qatar, it is important to raise awareness of these issues and this is this ‘Be the Change'”, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said in a press conference on Monday. “It is not only in the United States that we want to draw attention to social problems, it is also to the foreign We recognize that Qatar has made strides and there has been a ton of progress but there is still work to be done.”
Organizers of the World Cup, which is the first to be held in a Middle Eastern nation, say that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or backgroundd, is welcome, while also warning against public displays of affection.
Football players have raised concerns about the rights of fans traveling to the event, in particular LGBTQ individuals and womenthat rights groups say Qatari law discriminates. “We are a group that believes in inclusivity and we’re going to continue to project that message going forward,” the U.S. goalkeeper said Sean Johnson. “We talked and continue to have discussions while driving in the games. We relied on the message of “Be the Change”. It is something that we have been proud of and we continue to work, having an impact with ourselves, our presence and our platform, and we will continue to be so here in Qatar.”
The teaching of the rainbow, which will not be worn by the team during World Cup matches, has been routinely shown by US Soccer no matter the occasion as a way to promote a spirit of inclusivity. “Our rainbow badge plays an important and consistent role in US Soccer’s identity” said spokesman Neil Buethe in an email to Reuters. “As part of our approach to any match or event, we include the rainbow brand to support and embrace the LGBTQ community, as well as to promote a spirit of inclusivity and welcome to all fans around the globe. As a result, the locations we will manage and operate at the World Cup, such as the team hotel, media areas and matches, will feature the traditional, rainbow brand of US Soccer.”