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Mon 9 Sep, 2013
By Robert Ingham

A kiss is a beautiful sign of love, so it goes against exactly what's happening in Russia

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To Russia, With Love - Montreal's Kiss In

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They kissed, then erupted in cheers.

Several dozen people gathered at the Russian Consulate in Montreal on Sunday to defiantly lock lips, as part of a worldwide protest against Russia's new anti-gay legislation.

"A kiss is a beautiful sign of love, so it goes against exactly what's happening in Russia," said Kat Coric, who helped organize the Montreal protest.

In all, organizers say more than 50 cities across the globe — from Berlin to Cape Town to Tokyo — took part in the event, coined "To Russia, With Love."

The controversial law bans so-called "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on those who stage gay pride rallies.

Russia says it has no intention of changing the law despite international pressure ahead of next year's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Even so, Christian Genereux, who also helped stage the Montreal event, said he's hopeful sustained attention will, eventually, force Russia to act.

"If we put pressure on our own government and the Olympic Committee to put pressure on Vladimir Putin to change those laws, I think that will help the LGBT community down there. We hope," Genereux said.

Similar protests were planned for Toronto and Vancouver.

Source: The Province

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