This Week: Remembering the victims of the Colorado shooting and more restrictions from Qatar as the FIFA World Cup begins

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An outpouring of support for the LGBTQ+ community of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the victims of the deadly shooting at Club Q buttressed renewed calls for gun reform, augmented criticism of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, and drew the widespread condemnation of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric from rightwing commentators like Tucker Carlson, Lauren Boebert, and LibsOfTikTok.

Outrage continues to swell at Qatari leaders who have prevented athletes and fans from displaying rainbow symbols, shirts deemed “too colorful,” and even the word “love” on the premises of the World Cup. Qatar engages in the brutal repression of its LGBTQ+ citizens, where homosexuality is punishable by death; and, in contrast to the universality of the sport, Qatar has refused to tolerate differences in culture from their invited guests. Qatar’s unreliable interest in free expression and inconsistent attitude toward previous agreements (see alcohol in stadiums) demonstrate the significant risk to businesses that operate in countries with significant human rights issues. 


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