A Rainbow-Themed Badge Decorates the US Training Facility at Qatar World Cup

The US Men’s World Cup team is showing its support for the LGBTQ community by decorating its training facility and media workroom with a rainbow-themed team logo badge.

Qatar is known for its mistreatment of LGBTQ community members (and women), and the rainbow badge is a direct repudiation of that mistreatment.

The badge design boasts seven rainbow-colored vertical stripes below dark blue “USA” letters. It’s part of the “Be the Change” initiative they started in 2020 with the hope of inspiring action on social justice issues.

US men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter said in a press conference Monday, “When we are on the world stage, and when we are in a venue like Qatar, it is important to bring awareness to these issues, and that is what ‘Be the Change’ is about. It is not just stateside that we want to bring attention to social issues; it is also abroad. We recognize that Qatar has made strides, and there has been a ton of progress, but there’s some work still to do.”

US goalkeeper Sean Johnson said, “We are a group who believes in inclusivity, and we will continue to project that message going forward.” He adds, “We have chatted and continue to have discussions as we lead into the games. We have leaned on the message of ‘Be the Change.'” Johnson added, “That is something that we have been proud of and continue to work towards, be impactful with ourselves, our presence, and our platform, and we will continue to be so here in Qatar.”


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