Protesters locked-lips across the world yesterday to protest against Russia’s recent crackdown on the LGBT community.
The global kiss-in – in cities including Vancouver, New York City, Washington DC, Paris, Athens, Barcelona and Helsinki – was dubbed “To Russia With Love.”
People also defiantly puckered up at the Russian Consulate in Montreal in the wake of recent laws enacted in Russia, which could restrict members of the LGBT community.
The controversial law bans so-called "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on those who stage gay pride rallies.
As athletes around the world prepare for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, kiss-in organisers have said they hope the rallies will pressure the International Olympic Committee and local governments to call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “stop the human rights violations of LGBTQ people.”
“A kiss is a beautiful sign of love, so it goes against exactly what’s happening in Russia,” Kat Coric, who helped organise the Montreal protest, told AP.