UEFA has denied a proposal to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours in support of the LGBQTI community for Germany’s last Euro 2020 group stage encounter against Hungary.
Munich mayor Dieter Reiter had stated that he planned to light up the city’s stadium in the colours on Wednesday to protest a new law in Hungary. The statute prohibits homosexual individuals from participating in school teaching materials or programmes for children under the age of 18.
It also prohibits content in schools that promotes homosexuality or gender transformation. Mr. Reiter’s appeal was denied by UEFA because it considers the gesture has a political context.
Instead, the governing body of European football has offered alternate dates for the stadium, which is home to Bayern Munich, to be light up in rainbow colours.
It recommended either June 28 (Christopher Street Liberation Day) or July 3-9 (Christopher Street Week in Munich). The activities are conducted in remembrance of homosexual protests in New York in 1969.
In a cross-party proposal submitted by Munich city council, the idea to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow lights was to “give an important and visible sign of solidarity towards the LGBTI Community in Hungary, those who suffer under the current tightened homophobic and transphobic Hungarian government legislation.”
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