Qatar’s Secret Gay Conversion Center Minutes From World Cup Final Stadium

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12/18/2022

One of Qatar’s secret alleged conversion therapy centers for members of the LGBTQ community is only minutes from where the FIFA World Cup final will be played. Funded by the Qatari government, the Wifaq Family Consulting Center is located in the city of Lusail, just a five minute drive from Lusail Stadium where Argentina will take on France for the coveted World Cup trophy on Sunday. While the center advertises itself as offering “spiritual guidance” based on Islamic principles and counselling for family issues, activists say that it also houses secret conversion therapy services. “According to Qataris, LGBT+ people can be detained there against their will and subjected to abusive so-called treatments in a bid to turn them straight,” said Peter Tatchell, director of the human rights organization, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

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