The City of Corner Brook will join other municipalities in solidarity with the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) community by flying the rainbow flag to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
The flag is known as an international symbol of gay pride and the belief no one should face discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
“The City of Corner Brook stands with the LGBT community in condemning the anti-gay legislation introduced in Russia in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics,” said Mayor Charles Pender in an official release issued Wednesday. “By flying this flag we hope to send a message to Russia and the world that we support the equal treatment of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.”
“The Queer Caucus of the Grenfell Campus Student Union (GCSU) stands in solidarity with the LGBT community of Russia in opposing laws that have destroyed the human rights of an entire class of people. We will be holding fundraising events to raise money for LGBT advocacy groups in Russia to stand against government oppression,” said Queer Caucus Speaker Kyle Curlew.
The City of Corner Brook and the Queer Caucus of the GCSU invite the public, including members of the LGBT community, to attend the flag raising ceremony at City Hall on Friday at 12:15 p.m.