James Cleverly, the British Foreign Secretary, has told LGBTQIA+ tourists to "be respectful" and "compromise" at this World Cup. The CEO of the FIFA World Cup 2022, when questioned, insisted confusingly, and perhaps dangerously, that "everyone is welcome".
However, there is a lot that isn't being said in the media. Hostility against LGBTQIA+ people in Qatar is extreme. Gay people are being actively sought out, to be arrested, tortured and deported, mostly via online means and catfishing via dating apps. INews report exclusively on this shocking issue with a highly anonymised rare first person account.
LGBTQIA+ people are criminals under Qatari law and homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment and whipping.