Many members of the LGBTQI community feared for their safety ahead of the 2022 World Cup. They pointed to the reality that it’s illegal to engage in homosexual activity in the nation. Activists observed that Qatar sentenced perpetrators to life imprisonment or even death as a punishment.
However, Qatar claimed that everybody was welcome for the World Cup. They asked fans not to demonstrate public displays of affection out of respect, regardless of sexual orientation. But during the event, stadium security continued to block the entry of fans with rainbow apparel or flags (via Time).