Egyptian women fans go through their paces ahead of the match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Riyadh on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Can you tell the difference between an LGBTQ soccer fan and an immigrant from the Gambia? Can you tell the difference between a father and an ISIS soldier? Here are a few LGBTQ soccer fans who have shown not only their support for their countries, but also their fearlessness in facing the hate.
Belgium: Super Antoine Griezmann
The French forward Antoine Griezmann is known for his super goals, but maybe, like Super Antoine Griezmann, he is also a bit of a daredevil.
He uses it as an excuse.
Griezmann didn’t just wear the rainbow jersey, he also spun the corner flag and a stop sign.
This still managed to play for the . pic.twitter.com/gMElpRAOjx — Super Antoine Griezmann () September 23, 2018
Italy: Angelo D’Alessandro
Angelo D’Alessandro was born in Germany, but he grew up in a small Italian village and moved to Italy when he was 18. Italy, however, didn’t seem to take to him. He was twice picked up by authorities for being transgender. Now, he wears the rainbow jersey to prove they wrong.
Watch the moment he brought his son to an Italy-Croatia game in front of the media.
The moment Angelo D'Alessandro brought his son to Italy-Croatia game.
The father and son say they are proud of their father's commitment to equality pic.twitter.com/6WL5vk3btH — Jennie Glover () November 14, 2018
Japan: Makoto Hasebe
Japan’s midfielder Makoto Hasebe first came out as lesbian in 2006. That same year, he was part of the Japan men’s national team that played against the Czech Republic in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, wearing a rainbow jersey.
“There is a tradition of rainbow jerseys, so I thought this would be a good idea to support our LGBT players,” Hasebe said.