Russia’s anti-gay laws protested worldwide on eve of Sochi Olympics

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One day before the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, LGBT rights activists and allies worldwide have been staging demonstrations against the Russian government’s controversial “gay propaganda” law. The protests focused on showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, calling for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s laws and calling for the International Olympic Committee to better uphold its nondiscrimination principle.

Preliminary events in figure skating, snowboarding and skiing will be held Thursday, with the 2014 Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday.