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Activists Find A Perfect Way To Protest Russia's LGBTQ Hate

It's just walking around in World Cup team shirts, right? Look again.
Activists Find A Perfect Way To Protest Russia's LGBTQ Hate
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In Russia, waving a Gay Pride Rainbow Flag gets you arrested.

Wearing a World Cup Team Jersey? Not so much!

All it takes is a little coordination and teamwork to make a completely innocent (not) statement.

Take that, oppressors.

in russia, the act of displaying the LGBT flag in public can get you arrested. so these 6 activists from latin america resorted to creativity: wearing uniforms from their countries' football teams, they turned themselves into the flag and walked around moscow with pride. 🏳️‍🌈

— gabi (@harleivy) July 8, 2018

In Russia it’s illegal to display the LGBT pride flag. So during the #WorldCup these 6 football fans have formed a hidden rainbow flag with their soccer jerseys, to protest Russia’s discriminatory laws in plain sight. #HiddenFlag ✊🏳️‍🌈

— Jason Ball (@jasonballau) July 9, 2018

Also, kudos to the betting site @PaddyPower, who donated to LGBT charities every time the Russian team (now eliminated) scored a goal.

Russia go out, but thanks to them it's a total of:

£170,000 donated to LGBT+ charities 🏳️‍🌈 #RainbowRussians

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 7, 2018

Take that, Putin.

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