With the start of the Sochi Olympics Friday, the gay pride flag will be raised above Montreal city hall and Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will be lit up in rainbow colours to protest Russia's anti-gay law.
“The Olympics are here and we see a lot of problems for the LGBTQ community in Russia so having M. Coderre taking a stand, and showing the world that Montreal is supporting the LGBTQ community over there is a great opportunity,” Jean-Sebastien Boudreault, Montreal Pride Vice-President said.
“Anything people do to be in solidarity is good,” one Montrealer said of Coderre's announcement.
On a morning TV show Thursday, Coderre said the pride flag would be up on city hall that day.
His surprised team said they were scrambling to raise it by 1:30 p.m. Friday. They said he was inspired by Quebec City and St John's Newfoundland doing the same.
Quebec's tourism minister, Pascal Bérubé, followed suit and said the Olympic stadium tower would be lit up in rainbow colors.
“It’s a strong symbol for us, for all the people of Quebec to share this deep concern for the condition of the gay and lesbian community in Russia,” Bérubé said.