It's not irrelevant. This is the exact sort of broader picture thinking that needs to happen. It is relevant because today, England in general is one of the safest places for gay people to live at.
If in 30-40 years a country went from killing it's heroes because they were gay to complete rights, then that should show you the power of bridging gaps and giving the people a voice. You need to let societies evolve at their own pace without enforcing your practices. Not because that is immoral but it genuinely will not achieve anything.
It's irrelevant because the way most societies look at human right changed significantly. If qatar was holding the wc in 1950 I doubt most people would be talking about boycotts.
The world changed, for years football has been promoting the game as a way to unite people, we've had hundreds of campaigns about respecting many different groups of people and all kinds of minorities. To then give the ultimate award to a country that has shown they don't share these promoted values, was a slap in the face of all those who thought football was actually a way to improve the world.
I have no idea if these wc threads will be deleted after the wc, but we both know that if this thread keeps being updated, it will be to continue to report human rights abuses in qatar.
If your argument is that we should wait and let them improve their society at their own pace, and if they have to do it because they want to and not because of outside impositions, then they can do that without hosting the wc.