A Formula One race star wears an LGBTQ helmet in the Qatar Grand Prix

"I think that as these games go to these places, it is bound to raise awareness about these issues," said race car driver Lewis Hamilton.

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World champion racer Lewis Hamilton will wear the LGBTQ flag at his helm at the upcoming Grand Prix in Qatar on November 21st.

Her new hat features the Progress Pride Flag, which incorporates black and brown lines to honor small communities of color, as well as blue and pink in honor of a sex-changing society. The back of the hat reads “Stand Together.”

"Equal rights are a major issue," Hamilton told a Formula One press conference on Thursday. The 36-year-old British athlete, a black man, has spoken extensively on human rights issues and has given most of his forum to speak out against human rights abuses.

Sunday's race will be the first Formula One race in Qatar after the country signed a 10-year contract with the running league, according to BBC Sport. However, the upcoming race has raised concerns about human rights and equality in the Arab nation.

"I think that as the games go to these places, they have a responsibility to raise awareness about these issues and these areas need to be looked at and they need the media to talk about these things," Hamilton said Thursday.

Qatar has been the scene of numerous human rights abuses. Homosexuality is illegal in this country and can lead to imprisonment. Courts ruled by religious law can legally punish same-sex Muslims, but there is no evidence that the punishment has been used, the Independent reported earlier this year.

The Middle East has also been criticized for its treatment of immigrant workers. Migrant hotel workers preparing for the 2022 World Cup have worked long shifts for less than $ 2 an hour, with little time left, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

"I feel that when we come to these places, we have to raise the profile of this situation," Hamilton said at the conference.

In July, a race champion called for anti-LGBTQ rules 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, reports Insider.

Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have expressed concern over the so-called genocide, in which the country tries to use games or big games to disrupt international human rights abuses and mismanagement.

Amnesty International has called on the Qatari government to address its human rights record ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the world's largest soccer tournament.

"FIFA must take action now to ensure that the 2022 World Cup is a tournament we should be proud of, not marred by labor violence," Stephen Cockburn, the organisation's deputy director for international affairs, said in a statement earlier this year.

Formula One, in a statement on its website, said it was "committed to respecting human rights that are universally respected in its operations around the world."

The Racing Unit also outlined the steps it will take to ensure that it respects the human rights of its employees, including respecting the rights of its employees and monitoring the impact of its events.

"There is still a long way to go," said Hamilton.