Gay fans intending to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may need to take into consideration their sexual orientation according to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.  Blatter said, jokingly, in a statement, “I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities,” as he was referring to the country’s ban on homosexuality.  However, many who plan on traveling to the tournament found the comment to be offensive.  For instance, John Amaechi, a basketball star who came out as gay in 2007, criticized Blatter’s comments as “archaic Neanderthal ignorance.” FIFA has been moving the tournament to less traditional locations.  The last tournament was the first in South Africa, and in 2002, the held games in South Korea and Japan. Read More.

Currently, discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation is not itself is not yet protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but this law does makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Additionally, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for more information.

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