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8 Countries to Lead LGBTQ-Inclusive Campaign During Qatar World Cup
(CNN) -- Ten European football teams — the Netherlands, England, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales — will participate in a season-long "OneLove" campaign promoting inclusion and opposing discrimination.Every country except Sweden and Norway has qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and each captain of these eight nations will wear a distinctive OneLove armband — which features a heart containing colors from all backgrounds — during the tournament.The Netherlands FA, which is spearheading the campaign, chose the colors to represent all heritages, backgrounds, genders, and sexual identities; the armband will be worn in Qatar where same-sex relationships are a criminal offense.Sweden and Norway will participate in the initiative during the upcoming Nations League matches, while England will also wear black armbands during both its UEFA Nations League matches to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II."This is an important message which suits the game of football: on the field everybody is equal and this should be the case in every place in society. With the OneLove band we express this message," said Virgil van Dijk, the Netherlands captain."On behalf of the Dutch team I have been wearing this band for quite a while now.
Harry Styles makes moving LGBTQ+ speech for fans after Oslo terror attack
Harry Styles left fans in awe after delivering an emotional speech to his LGBTQ+ fans at his sold-out concert in Oslo, Norway, earlier this week.On June 25, a gunman opened fire at a gay bar in Olso, killing two people and injury 21 on the day they were planning to celebrate the annual Pride parade.Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told news reporters that "everything indicates" that the attack was carried out by an Islamist extremist.READ MORE: Harry Styles branded a 'good role model' by The DarknessHe added: "We don't know (yet) if the queer community was the intended target but we know it's a victim."Harry, 28, has shown his support for the LGBTQ+ community since finding fame and continued to do so at his Love On Tour show while holding a pride flag.The Boyfriend hitmaker proudly held the flag before saying: "I am well aware that, right now, this means more to you than it ever has before."I just want to tell you that I’m very sorry and I hope you all feel safe in here with each other."The thing that I am most proud of in my life is getting to play in front of such an incredible, loving group of people every night."He continued: "It is an honour, I thank you so much, the atmosphere that you've created here, allowing people to feel safe and to be themselves, and I know that in difficult times, it is hard to feel like you can make a difference."I promise you that each and every single one of you can make a difference by the small choices, the tiny choices that you make every day to be that little bit kinder to someone.
Harry Styles empowers fans with heartfelt speech on stage in Oslo following shooting at gay bar: ‘You are the future’
supports HTML5 videoHarry Styles has become known and loved by fans for supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and he delivered a heartfelt speech while on stage in Oslo following a shooting during Pride celebrations.Two people were killed in a mass shooting outside a gay bar in the early hours of Saturday morning after a gunman opened fire in Oslo’s nightlife district. More than 20 people were wounded in what was described as an ‘Islamist terror act’, leading to thousands of protestors coming together for a rally, defying requests from Norwegian police to cancel a Pride event amid fears for a reprise attack.Pride flags have come as synonymous with Harry Styles concerts as flared trousers and feather boas, and the Watermelon Sugar hitmaker raised one on stage last night to show solidarity with the community.The 28-year-old took to the stage at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway as part of his Love On Tour shows, telling the crowd that he is ‘very sorry’ following the awful incident.‘I am well aware that, right now, this means more to you than it ever has before,’ he began, holding the rainbow flag above his head.Harry continued: ‘I just wanna tell you that I’m very sorry and I hope you all feel safe in here with each other.‘The thing that I am most proud of in my life is getting to play in front of such an incredible, loving group of people every night.
Powerful act of defiance as thousands join LGBT march after attack in Oslo
two people were killed in a mass shooting outside a gay bar.The demonstrators defied requests from Norwegian police to cancel the event amid fears for a reprise attack.They held up signs saying ‘you can’t cancel us’ and ‘sexual freedom’ to remind the capital city that Pride is not a party but a protest.More than 20 people were wounded in the early hours of Saturday morning after a gunman opened fire in Oslo’s nightlife district, in what was described as an ‘Islamist terror act’.Witnesses said the attacker took out a gun from his bag and started firing at three venues.‘First I thought it was an air gun,’ journalist Olav Roenneberg said.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video‘Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.’Zaniar Matapour was arrested minutes after the shooting and held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism.The 43-year-old Norwegian citizen, who is originally from Iran, has not offered any explanation to detectives. Prosecutor Ingvild Myrold said they had ‘many hypotheses’ regarding a motive although police have unsuccessfully tried to question the suspect for three days.‘We take a closer look at his mental health, his political motives and background and possibly who else he may have had contact with before this happened,’ she told the Associated Press.
Norway issues formal apology 50 years after decriminalising homosexuality
Norway's government has issued a formal apology for a historical law that criminalised homosexuality.An estimated 119 men were convicted in Norway between 1902 and 1950 for having sex with other men under a paragraph of the country's penal code.The law was eventually removed on 21 April 1972."Gay people have been treated as criminals and prosecuted by the Norwegian authorities," said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, 50 years after homosexuality was decriminalised."The law had an important symbolic value and meant that homosexuals were exposed to multiple convictions, discrimination, slander and blackmail," the government added in a statement."Criminalising and prosecuting people for their love life, treating [medically] healthy people, depriving them of career and work opportunities are serious violations of our values."LGBT+ activists have welcomed the official apology while calling for more measures to ban so-called gay conversion therapy in Norway.Campaigners are also demanding recognition of a legal third gender and better access to care for transgender people."For many of us, it may be too little too late, we know that many people have lived and are living their lives marked by stigma," said Inge Alexander Gjestvang, leader of the Foreningen FRI association.Norway was the second country in the world to legally acknowledged civil partnerships for same-sex couples in 1993.