The attention of the entire world is fixed on the FIFA World Cup 2018. Football is the most followed sport in the world and the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the universe.And it is at this stage that a group of activists made their views known.Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were plenty of concerns for the LGBTQ community.The LGBTQ community in Russia does not enjoy certain rights and various organisations had asked gay people to be careful if they did go to watch the World Cup.Besides, Russia bans the display the Pride flag — the rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world. The rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world is banned in Russia (thehiddenflag.com)On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India heard pleas against Section 377 that criminalises gay sex in India. Pleas were filed against the law after the Supreme Court passed ‘Right to Privacy’ as a fundamental right last year and even though the final judgement is yet to come, the highest court is hearing the case.Just a few days before this hearing in New Delhi, far away in Russia, six activists walked around the streets created a hidden Pride flag through football jerseys.Activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) came together in Russia and formed a hidden flag as a protest against the Russian law.advertisement Photos of these activists going around Russia was uploaded on their website (thehiddenflag.com)The photos of these activists going around Russia, standing, sitting and walking in the line of colours that form the rainbow flag was uploaded on their website.With the photos making it to social media, people marvelled at the courage and statement that the activists made and showed their support for the same.An LGBT activist Eric Rosswood shared the news and expressed his excitement about the unique show of support for the LGBTQ community in Russia.OMG! I love this so much! People went to Russia during the World Cup and dressed in different colored jerseys to form the rainbow flag when they stood next to each other! FABULOUS! #HiddenFlag https://t.co/7LbIiHPlJXEric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) July 10, 2018A Twitter user ValStew called it a “great idea” and expressed her support towards freedom to love.What a great idea. Way to go ! Everyone has the right to love whom ever they choose. #LoveIsLove #HiddenFlag https://t.co/co7lzdB7LYValStew (@vstew0360) July 9, 2018World Cup is a huge platform to show a range of ideals, emotions and beliefs to the world and these six activists have done exactly that.With Russia attempting to improve their image through the World Cup, this was a unique way to convey some of their loopholes and portray the voices behind the LGBTQ community. LGBT activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) (thehiddenflag.com)Meanwhile, the footballing action in the World Cup is about to begin again on Tuesday with France and Belgium taking on each other in the first semi-final.England will take on Croatia in the second semi-final on Wednesday.While the third-place match will take place on Saturday, Sunday will the big day when two countries will battle for the coveted Trophy.
AddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid [email protected] [email protected] Institute expert: Governments must step up fight against neglected tropical diseasesHOUSTON – (May 1, 2013) – Despite recent progress, much more needs to be done to combat such parasitic and bacterial diseases as hookworm, snail fever, river blindness, guinea worm, elephantiasis, sleeping sickness and leprosy in developing nations and the United States, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.PETER HOTEZHotez makes this case in the second edition of his 2008 book, “Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases,” released today. He argues that neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are an important reason populations in Africa, Asia and Central and South America remain caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, stigma and despair.“Current levels of public funding are not sufficient to achieve complete mass drug administration targets, and there is an overreliance on the governments of the United States (mostly through USAID) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development) for support,” Hotez wrote. “Increasingly we need to look to new wealth from the emerging market economies such as the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the MIST nations (Mexico, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand) and the sovereign wealth of the Middle East. Similarly, the U.S. (mostly through the National Institutes of Health) and European governments, in addition to the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, provide most of the global support for research and development. We need the emerging market economies to step up.”Hotez said a major development since the publication of the first edition has been the realization that NTDs also occur among the poor living in wealthy countries, especially the United States and, to some extent, Europe. “We have uncovered an extraordinary disease burden from NTDs in Texas and adjacent Gulf Coast states, including Chagas disease, congenital cytomegalovirus, dengue, murine typhus, toxocariasis, trichomoniasis and West Nile virus,” Hotez wrote. “NTDs and poverty are inextricably linked — we now have 20 million Americans who live in extreme poverty, including 1.5 million families in the U.S. whose members live on less than $2 per day.”Hotez is dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, head of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Hotez is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, where he leads a partnership to develop new vaccines for hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease. He co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for millions of people worldwide.The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Hotez. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Hotez biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/photez.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.