ADDED ON: 07/01/2018

Football Provides Rare Meeting Point for Moscow Gay Community

07/01/2018 | Yahoo

In a city with a homophobic reputation and just a handful of gay bars, LGBT Muscovites and World Cup guests have found an unlikely new place to socialize — a match-screening area for gay and ethnic minority football fans. As the England-Belgium game played through a projector on Thursday, a young crowd of mainly gay men and women were drinking beers, lounging on bean bags or sitting on the astroturf carpet in ‘Diversity House’ in central Moscow. Even the Russian security service agents who have been assigned to monitor events at the house have on occasion got into the spirit of things — eating rainbow cake and sipping champagne at one recent party, according to organizers.

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