Stonewall has launched its ‘Proud Stadium’ campaign, seeking 80,000 virtual supporters – the number needed to fill Qatar’s main venue – in order to highlight LGBTQ+ issues in Qatar and other participating countries.
The parade in Qatar by the Red Arrows, the RAF aerobatic team, is part of a month-long visit to the Gulf and Egypt by the unit. The tour includes a combination of airshows, flypasts, and ground engagement.
British military support to the security of the Qatar World Cup tournament includes air and sea security capabilities, bomb disposal search training around venues to be used and other specialist advice.
A Ministry of Defense spokesman said: “The UK has valuable experience in conducting air defense activities for major international tournaments, such as the 2012 Olympics.
“Using this experience to support security operations during the 2022 FIFA World Cup increases our ability to address shared security challenges, helping Qatar deliver a safe and successful event for football fans across the UK and of the whole world.
“It is in everyone’s interest that the World Cup is safe.”
ShOUT, the network of employees representing all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Department of Defense’s civilian workforce, was approached for comment.