GREAT BRITAIN — (11-19-21) — World champion race car driver Lewis Hamilton announced he will wear an LGBTQ flag on his helmet for the upcoming Grand Prix taking place in Qatar on Nov. 21.
Hamilton’s new LGBTQ headpiece showcases the Progress Pride Flag, which includes black and brown stripes to honor queer communities of color, as well as light blue and pink colors to honor the transgender community.
Now the best part…The back of the helmet reads “We Stand Together.”
“Equal rights is a serious issue,” said Hamilton said at a Formula One press conference Thursday. The 36-year-old British world champion who is Black, has been very vocal about human rights issues and has dedicated much of his platform to speaking out against human rights violations including LGBTQ rights and racial injustices.
First look at LH’s new lid. 🌈😍 pic.twitter.com/kpS2YwkKyJ
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) November 19, 2021
Sunday’s Formula One race will be the first tournament in Qatar after the country signed a 10-year deal with the racing league, however, the upcoming race has raised concerns over human rights and equality in the Arab nation.
“I do think as these sports go to these places, they’re duty-bound to raise awareness for these issues and these places need scrutiny and needs the media to speak to speak about these things,” said Hamilton at the Press Conference on Thursday.
“I just feel that if we are coming to these places, we need to be raising the profile of the situation,” Hamilton said at the conference.
Last summer Lewis Hamilton called out anti-LGBTQ laws in Hungary ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton called the laws “cowardly” and “unacceptable” and urged Hungarian citizens to vote in an upcoming referendum.
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Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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