World Cup 2018: Diversity House Shut Down
One of the Diversity Houses intended to be a safe space for folks including the LGBT community at the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been shut down.
The space set up by several organizations was in Saint Petersburg, where a gay visitor was severely beaten last weekend. The Diversity House in Moscow was opened without incident.
The night before the House was to open, organizers found the electricity shut off and received word that the company who was renting them the space pulled out of the agreement. The nature of the abrupt cancellation has led some to believe government interference is involved.
Since the beginning of the tournament, a gay activist has been arrested in Moscow and fans visiting from Moscow have continued their traditional goal kick chant with no action from FIFA.
To FIFA’s credit, a fan was allowed to bring a Pride flag to the opening match in Moscow, and it was displayed during the opening of the tournament.