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The FIFA World Cup began in November, and with it, the attention of an anticipated three billion viewers turned to this year’s host nation Qatar. Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host the event and has spent billions of dollars to quickly build the infrastructure necessary to host the tournament. But as Qatar worked to improve its infrastructure for the tournament, concerns over the host nation’s discriminatory laws against the LGBTQ community caused many to wonder how the strictly religious Arab country could accommodate such a diverse fanbase.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on November 20, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.