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LGBT Group Says Global Protests Target Russia's 'Propaganda' Law

A demonstrator holds a rainbow flag and the Russian national flag during a protest outside the Russian Embassy in Berlin on December 12 calling on Russian authorities to lift antigay laws ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
A demonstrator holds a rainbow flag and the Russian national flag during a protest outside the Russian Embassy in Berlin on December 12 calling on Russian authorities to lift antigay laws ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
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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

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