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Some LGBTQ+ World Cup Fans Avoid Qatar Over Ban on Homosexuality

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(CNN) — "I'm a man and I love men. I do -- please don't be shocked -- have sex with other men. This is normal. So please get used to it, or stay out of football."Dario Minden was a relatively unknown German football fan before a video of a powerful speech he made was widely shared on social media in September.For the majority of the 15-minute talk he spoke in his native German before switching to English, a change he deliberately made, he says, for impact.

He wanted the world to hear.Looking directly at Qatar's ambassador to Germany, Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud al-Thani, in a room full of dignitaries and sponsors at a human rights conference in Frankfurt, hosted by the German Football Association, he said his impactful words.

Sitting in the front row, the camera pans briefly to al-Thani and shows him looking at and listening to Minden."Football is for everyone," Minden continued. "It doesn't matter if you're lesbian, if you're gay, it's for everyone.

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