International News Highlights — November 25, 2022

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Members of the Latin American Movement of Mothers of LGTB+ Children — Photo by Natascha Pisarenko / AP
Members of the Latin American Movement of Mothers of LGTB+ Children — Photo by Natascha Pisarenko / AP

Latin American moms fight for Queer kids, adults
Since 2017, the Latin American Movement of Mothers of LGTB+ children has been lobbying governments across regions that differ wildly in attitudes on sexual minorities. Argentina and Uruguay have pioneered marriage equality and Trans rights, but other countries have no similar protections.

"It's all about recognizing the strength and power that we have as mothers to accompany our kids and help other families," said Alejandra Muñoz of Mexico City.

She said of her son, who was bullied so viciously at school after coming out that he spent lunch with the teachers, "He's constantly at risk of being yelled at, or worse, in the streets because of his sexuality."
The organization's head, Patricia Gambetta, said, "Our main battle is to make sure our children enjoy the same rights in all of Latin America." So far, the cause has members in 14 countries, and it has no intention of stopping.

Even in countries with laws protecting same-sex marriage, such as Mexico, social conservatism hasn't gone away overnight.

"Irrespective of what legal regime a youth finds themselves in, prejudice and discrimination in the region continue to be commonplace," said LGBT rights researcher Cristian Gonzalez Cabrera.

Welsh fans, players struggle to field rainbow wear in Qatar
The Welsh soccer federation announced on Monday last week that they've asked FIFA to clarify some reports, which claim that Wales fans were prevented from bringing rainbow hats into the World Cup stadium in Qatar.

Specifically, the federation said that fans and staff alike were "asked to remove and discard their Rainbow Wall bucket hats before entry," adding that it was "extremely disappointed."

"The [federation] has collated information on these alleged incidents and will be addressing the matter directly with FIFA."

Then on the same day, the federation released a statement on a different piece of rainbow attire, the One Love armbands that were be worn by the players of seven European nations.

"FIFA has made it clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play," the federation said. "As national federations, we can't put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games."

The federation did add, however, that it was prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations.