Images protest against Russia's anti-gay laws
(WJLA) - Coverage of the Olympic Games themselves have often been overshadowed in recent months by Russia's human rights policies, including its anti-gay laws. Now images around D.C. are fighting discrimination.
The protests range from gay activists’ rendition of the Russian national anthem to a banner hanging at the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.
In the days and hours leading up to the opening ceremony, the protests are against LGBT discrimination in London.
One sign that says LGBT supporters in Russia can be fined, arrested or deported is catching eyes in Northwest Washington.
It is part of a campaign that has celebrities sporting t-shirts that say “love conquers hate” in Russian.
Google is also on board with its doodle, rainbow-colored and carrying the Olympic charter which states, "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."
As part of its effort, the Human Rights Campaign is also asking other Olympic corporate sponsors to take a stand against anti-LGBT laws passed last summer in Russia.
“Some of these corporations are great on LGBT issues and have been supports of the community and really led to change that we’ve seen in this country… they can’t stop those values when they leave the country,” says Ty Cobb, the director of Global Engagement, HRC.