Solidarity With The LGBT Community Strong In The Run-Up To The Sochi Olympics!

 Tilda Swinton with the rainbow flag

Tilda Swinton with the rainbow flag

The entire situation in Russia with their anti-gay laws disgusts me so it was wonderful to read that Montreal City Hall, the Olympic Stadium and the City of Corner Brook are showing solitary with the LGBT community in time for the Sochi Olympics.

They will do this by having a rainbow flag fly at city hall in a quiet protest against Russian anti-gay propaganda law while Pascal Bérubé, Quebec’s tourism minister, also said that the tower of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will be lit up in the colours of the rainbow.

“What I don’t like is that legislation in Russia against gays and lesbians,” said Mayor Denis Coderre.

Totally with you there Mayor Coderre!

Quebec City also revealed on its Twitter page on Thursday that it would have a rainbow flag at its city hall, from this afternoon.

“I believe that it was a great idea from my colleagues in St. John’s, Newfoundland that they want to use the rainbow flag and I’m going to do the same thing at city hall,” he added.

At St. John’s, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe revealed council had voted unanimously in support of the initiative.

“Flying the rainbow flag during the Olympics is really a sign of support for people in other countries, in this case in particular in Russia,, the people who have been denied their liberties as individuals, and people who are being persecuted because of their sexual orientation,” O’Keefe said.

The City of Corner Brook will also join in solidarity with the LGBT community by flying the rainbow flag to protest Russia’s anti-gay law.

“The City of Corner Brook stands with the LGBT community in condemning the anti-gay legislation introduced in Russia in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics,” revealed Mayor Charles Pender in an official release issued on Wednesday. “By flying this flag we hope to send a message to Russia and the world that we support the equal treatment of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Meanwhile Queer Caucus Speaker Kyle Curlew said,
“The Queer Caucus of the Grenfell Campus Student Union (GCSU) stands in solidarity with the LGBT community of Russia in opposing laws that have destroyed the human rights of an entire class of people. We will be holding fundraising events to raise money for LGBT advocacy groups in Russia to stand against government oppression”.

Both the City of Corner Brook and the Queer Caucus of the GCSU invite the public, including members of the LGBT community, to come to the flag raising ceremony which will take place at City Hall on Friday at 12:15 p.m.

It was also lovely to see Google in support of the LGBT community by having the rainbow flag on the search engine as well as various illustrations of athletes and the following quote,

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter

The Sochi Olympics start Friday.