City Hall, Olympic Stadium to show off gay pride colours as Sochi games open

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. 

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  1. John posted on 02/06/2014 01:45 PM
    How about flying the Canadian flag at city hall to show support for Canada's participation in the Olympics??
    1. mick898 posted on 02/06/2014 08:09 PM
      @John I am certain that not every citizen are in favor of the mayor decision
      Gays could claim another notch in their belt on that one.
    2. mick898333 posted on 02/06/2014 08:14 PM
      @John Hey he certainly not going to say anything against gays for they have a strong lobby. I think we are going to far with this nonsense let put our efforts to have a nice city where everyone would be proud to be part of.
      Yes including gays of course for they are citizens as much as any other.
      But promoting gayism is not kosher at all.
  2. john posted on 02/06/2014 02:56 PM
    Only propaganda is prohibited in Russia. Do whatever you want, nobody care really.

    And what's about heterosexual relationship flags and parades in Montreal?
    1. Arlen posted on 02/07/2014 07:44 AM
      @john John, Many people do care. Why? Because it is the right thing to do - stand with the oppressed. Why are we not flying heterosexual flags? Because heterosexuals are not being abused, beaten and killed here, in Russia, and other parts of the world. because they are straight. If and when you are, I will stand with you and raise a "heterosexual flag"
  3. Sam posted on 02/06/2014 05:21 PM
    I didn't vote for Coderre but if he keeps doing one right thing after another as he has since the election, I certainly will vote for him next time around. He seems to be delivering on his promise to do the the honourable things. This show of protest by Montreal is a wonderful thing. It's about time Montrealers have something to feel proud about and this along with his clear stance declaring Montreal's distinct multicultural society against the proposed Quebec Charter of Intolerance shows rare enlightenment for a politician. I'd like to see the Quebec government do something similar in the regions and Quebec city but I suspect that their actions will be restricted to the Island of Montreal for whatever reasons. Bravo Coderre. Bravo Montreal.
  4. ric posted on 02/07/2014 08:13 AM
    How stupid. Why doesn't Coderre paint city hall in rainbow stripes. Let's celebrate our athletes not bitch about Russia's stand on gays.
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