As the world turns its eye to the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia’s intolerance is being displayed in videos surfacing on social media sites. The result is what seems to be a groundswell of opposition to the country’s anti-gay legislation and mentality.
With the opening ceremonies just hours away, protests against Russia’s treatment of LGBT people are scheduled across the globe.
In Toronto, a group will gather on Thursday, Feb 6 at Queen’s Park to speak out against Putin and celebrate gay athletes. Protesters plan to wear pink and run in a triangular formation around the park. A separate rally for global gay rights is being organized the same day by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, at 6pm outside the Russian consulate.
The above video is a compilation of clips showing gaybashings in Russia, accompanied by excerpts of interviews with Russian politicians.
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