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Here Are 9 Of The Most Heartwarming 2018 World Cup Moments That Fans Have Shared

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This year’s FIFA World Cup has been full of glorious moments, from goals in the 90th minute to qualifications that seemed to beat the odds. Add in tales of friends doing the most to help their bffs enjoy the game or opposing sides coming together for the greater good and you have the magic that is ‘the beautiful game.’ The world might be a bit crazy at the moment but there were truly some wonderful moments out of the World Cup. These heartwarming moments during the World Cup so far show soccer really is the universal language.

1. A couple Brazilian buddies signed the game for their deaf and blind friend.

Neymar was brought to tears after scoring the second goal in the Group E match Brazil vs Costa Rica match. However, what is making us grab tissues is the detailed interpretation these friends gave to their blind and deaf friend. An interpreter re-enacts what is happening on a makeshift soccer pitch, and his gestures even describe the emotions of the players. The man’s fellow Brazil fans even play drums to include him in the celebration.

2. Luis Miguel for the W-I-N, always.

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One of the dark spots that plagued Mexico fans for years was the common usage of the offensive, homophobic “¡Eeehhh puto!” chant whenever the opposing goalkeeper was getting ready to kick the ball down the field. El Tri players, the Mexican Football Federation and anti-discrimination groups all implored fans to stop the usage of the phrase.

Finally, during this World Cup, the offensive chant seemed to stop, but for one brief moment, it seemed it was all going down the drain. A group of Mexican fans started the “Ehhhh” chant during the Mexico vs Sweden group match and well, *insert cringe here*. However, the joke was on everyone in the stadium and those watching on social media because this creative group of El Tri fans shouted out the lyrics to Luis Miguel’s “Entrégate” song instead.

3. Colombian man learns sign language to re-enact plays on the field in real-time for his blind and deaf friend.

Los Cafeteros were able to come from behind in their group and take the top spot after a win against Senegal, and these two fans in Bogota were there to appreciate every single step—literally. Jose Richard Gallego lost his senses of sight and hearing from a disease during childhood, but his love for soccer never vanished. Once he met Cesar Daza three years ago, the two bonded over fútbol. Daza made the effort to learn sign language to help his friend enjoy the games alongside him.

In real time, Daza was able to recreate the passes, corner kicks and goals that Colombia made to win Poland in their second group match. Watch the pair’s jubilant celebration above to see the new meaning of #friendshipgoals.

4. Mexico and Colombia fans help a man in a wheelchair enjoy the World Cup opening ceremony.

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In one of the first viral photos from the World Cup, Hassan Sedky was lifted up in a wheelchair by a group of fans from Mexico and Colombia that he had just met while celebrating in the revelry that was the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he told RT. “Everyone is so friendly, you can really feel the love from everyone around you. It’s just pure happiness,” he said. Sedky may have come to Russia with only one friend, but he left with many others he can now call compas.

5. Colombia fan is inspired by Japan fans after World Cup match.

A Colombia fan went around saying congratulations to Japan fans after the team’s 2-0 win in Colombia’s first match game. “They won but look what they are doing,” the fan can be heard saying in awe of the respect the fans had for the stadium. Trash was quietly and humbly picked up. “This is incredible. […] Discipline. Order. This is what makes them better. This should teach us something. This is who the Japanese are as people and this is why they win.”

6. Fans don’t let fans party alone.

Some opposing sides can get heated and rowdy before a World Cup match, but Peru and Aussie fans were enjoying each other’s company prior to the teams’ final match in Russia. Sure, both sides knew neither one would be moving on to the next round, so might as well be happy before the final moments on the pitch. Wait for it—a kangaroo makes an appearance in a group of Peru fans above.

7. Argentina and Nigeria fans come together after the game.

After a tie with Iceland and a devastating loss to Croatia, Argentina’s hopes of making it to the next round were riding on Nigeria’s second group match. Although the Albiceleste was going to play Nigeria in the final group match, there was time to celebrate the hopes of two teams in one moment.

8. The whole #RivalHug feed is just adorable.

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When all is said and done, nothing is sweeter than seeing fans who sweated out an intense 90-minute game hug, swap jerseys and celebrate the elation of the World Cup with a fellow rival. If you’re ever having a bad day, just go through the FIFA World Cup #RivalHug feed to help boost your spirits with beautiful displays of camaraderie.

9. And, of course, all of the Mexico and Korea fan celebrations, including this comment thread.

READ: This Is How Panama Celebrated Its First World Cup Goal

We’ve got many more heartwarming moments that are sure to come with multiple rounds left in the FIFA World Cup! Show us how you’re celebrating the games by using #ShowUsYourColors and #WorldCup2018.

Some People Are Blaming The Actions Of The Women At Mexico City’s March For The Attack On A Reporter

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Some People Are Blaming The Actions Of The Women At Mexico City’s March For The Attack On A Reporter

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Hundreds of women in Mexico took to the streets to demand justice after two teenage girls reported being raped by police officers. The protests filled Mexico City and women were not going to silent as they demanded justice. One reporter covering the protest was attacked on camera and the blame game is in full force as people try to find out who started it.

ADN40 reporter Juan Manuel Jiménez was covering the anti-rape protest in Mexico City when he was attacked by a random man.

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The video shows Jiménez reporting from the protest as protest participants threw glitter and other items at the reporter. The entire time, Jiménez mentioned that the women were angry at the injustice women face against Mexican police. When he mentioned going to another location to continue his reporting, that’s when a man walked behind in and sucker-punched him.

The man had spent time standing next to the reporter and was caught on camera, despite him trying to hide his face later.

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“This idiot el the coward,” tweeted @v_altamirano. “@juanmapregunta I hope they find him @SSP_CDMA @PGFJD_CDMX have his FIRST and LAST name.”

The man was seen standing near the reporter for some time as Jiménez was talking to the camera. Then, he retreated into the crowd and started talking to two people that were marching. After speaking with the two people, the attacker made his way back to the reporter and attacked him from behind.

The footage has angered people who are tired of the violence in Mexico and see the attack as lessening the protest.

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“I am a mother, sister, and daughter and I do not approve this display, NO TO VIOLENCE,” tweeted @dianamoon0506. “The women started the violence. We will never advance humanity like this. All of my support to @juanmapregunta.”

Some women said the feminists marching defended the reporter and that it was a random man who attacked Jiménez.

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After Jiménez was knocked to the ground, the video shows women cornering the attacker and attempting to detain the man. The man pushed the women off and ran into the crowd to get away from those pursuing him.

A lot of people are blaming the women who first started to attack Jiménez for creating the atmosphere.

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“They didn’t defend anyone, those who did ‘attack’ the aggressor and scream ‘it was him’ because they knew that this kind of thing damages their image and they want to distance themselves from blame,” tweeted @Omar_ca_P. “They too attacked the reporter, not with punches but they attacked.”

Another video posted showed some of the protesters stopping to care for Jiménez after he was knocked to the ground.

The people caring for Jiménez helped him wake up and are shown in the video caring for him. This all happened after he was knocked to the ground and the attacker ran away.

You can watch the full video below.

What do you think about the attack and the blame game happening with the march?

READ: Hundreds Protest After Teen Girls Accuse Mexico City Police of Rape

Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta is one of the favorite Mexican tourist destinations of the LGBT community. There are hotels, bars, nightclubs, beaches, and even drinks specifically for LGBT travelers, and due to the safety and welcoming environment for these guests, it is the first city in Mexico to receive the Gay Travel Approved distinction by GayTravel.com.

But why PV? What made Vallarta Mexico’s top gay destination?

Let’s start back at the beginning.

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In the south of Puerto Vallarta you will find the “Old Town,” also called “The Romantic Zone,” the tourist area favored by expats and foreigners who want to soak up local traditions. The Old Puerto Vallarta is also considered the gay neighborhood since 1980, when the gay community and retired Canadians and Americans bought land and properties in order to create gay-friendly businesses. Today there’s a wide variety of attractions with this focus, including bars, restaurants, stores, nightclubs, and both budget and boutique hotels.

In this zone is nestled the popular beach Playa de los Muertos, which, although not exclusively gay, for the last 20 years has been known as a gay-friendly beach (also called Blue Chairs, because of the many blue chairs placed by a gay resort which bears the same name), mainly in the high season, from November to March.

Why is this pristine beach the LBGT meeting point? Because the gay-friendly beachfront hotels in the area causes—and guarantees—a concentration of LGBT tourists, bringing a multicultural ambience where members of this community will be respected without discrimination. In the morning they can socialize and enjoy the party atmosphere, and in the afternoon walk holding hands under the dazzling sunset, in a romantic atmosphere free of hostility. Such is the high demand for LGBT-friendly vacation spots that the area has been extended to include the green chairs and as far as the north coast, in the elegant Oceano Sapphire Beach Club, owned by gays.

But it’s about more than just the beach.

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Unlike certain countries, laws against homosexuality never existed in Mexico. There is, however, a strong macho culture and religious influence which disapproves it—nonetheless the locals show respect. Under these circumstances, the growing community has led LGBT organizations to work to promote a change of culture in the pursuit of equality. Their work has gotten results: they have achieved recognition of gay rights, and implemented laws against the provocation and incitement of hate or violence against LGBTs, and also to guarantee equality in employment and public accomodation and services. Even more, in 2013 Puerto Vallarta legalized civil union between LGBT couples, followed by same-sex marriage in 2016.

This city organized its first Gay Pride March, and has hosted the Pink & Proud Women’s Party—the equivalent lesbian celebration—for the last four years, with assistance from the local Canadian and American communities. The multiple events in support of the LGBT community have marked out Puerto Vallarta as the “Mexican San Francisco.”

Now, there’s a giant and flourishing LGBTQ tourism industry that welcomes people from around the world.

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For the last 10 years, the number of LGBT visitors has increased in Puerto Vallarta and Jalisco, and in order to meet demand, the number of LGBT-friendly resorts and touristic attractions has also increased. Now three of every 10 hotels in Puerto Vallarta are LGBT-friendly, and most also offer weddings and other symbolic ceremonies.

Bars, nightclubs and other amenities are already focused on this market, and there are also tours—like the Gay VIP Bars Tour—and even drinks—like the Gay Tequila and the Gay Energy Drink—to make these guests feel extra welcome. As a result, Puerto Vallarta now hosts International LGBT Business Expos, with important conferences and events, including fashions shows, beach parties and music festivals to celebrate this booming market.

Puerto Vallarta remains the gateway to Mexico for many LGBTQ travelers.

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Some other cities have recognized the demand, and are now attempting to attract LGBT tourism to their destinations. Puerto Vallarta is not letting it happen: diverse businesses—no matter the sexual preference—are joining forces to create organizations to promote this targeted brand of tourism. The market gives consumers what they want, and they have identified this growing target and will not let it go.

Beyond the marketing, Puerto Vallarta became a platform to support gay rights, and the LGBT community knows it and feels welcome here. What really keeps the LGBT community hitting Puerto Vallarta is the activism, respect, and freedom they find in this beautiful paradise.

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