LGBT+ ‘gaymers’ in Mexico escape coronavirus lockdown with virtual football tournament

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04/30/2020

Confined at home by the new coronavirus, and often in the closet too, LGBT+ football fans in Mexico will get a rare chance to kick a ball about and make friends online on Friday in a national ‘gaymers’ tournament. LGBT+ gaming is in its infancy in Mexico but the event’s organisers hope the three-day tournament, which is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles, will give people a chance to connect during the isolation of lockdown. “Many young people in the LGBT community, when we’re in confinement, a lot of us live in double confinement because many of us live in the closet,” said Ivan Lara, chief executive of the National Association of LGBT+ Sports. “There’s a lot of desperation … by giving them this itch for competition, even if it’s virtual … it lets them change their minds a bit so that they don’t feel so shut in,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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