Protests against Russia's gay "propaganda" law are being held in 19 cities around the world on February 5, according to All Out, a gay-rights organization.
The group said the demonstrations -- in such cities as New York, Paris, St. Petersburg, and London -- are aimed at getting sponsors of the Olympics to "speak out against Russia's antigay laws."
U.S. telecom company AT&T said this week that it stands "against Russia's anti-[lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] law."
Russian President Vladimir Putin told International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach that Sochi will be "a hospitable home."
The buildup to the Winter Olympics -- which officially open on February 7 -- has been tarnished by a Russian law that forbids the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" among minors.
Some activists have called for a boycott of the Olympics because of the legislation, and some athletes have hinted that they will speak out against the legislation.
Based on reporting by AFP and BBC