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Google Joins The World in Protesting Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws

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02/07/2014 9:38 am
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Google Joins The World in Protesting Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws
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Nicole MacDowell

Staff Writer

With the Sochi Olympics officially beginning tomorrow evening, the world’s eyes are on Russia--and they are not friendly. Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has been under fire with his anti-LGBT legislation. The world has responded to Putin’s legislation in many ways, from Amsterdam flying the rainbow flag during his visit, to Germany’s  rainbow-colored uniforms (despite all claims that these are just “fashionable” and not a jab at the legislation). The United States has sent all LGBT delegates to Sochi, and the Olympic Stadium in Montreal will be lit up in rainbow lights during tomorrow’s opening ceremony. But the biggest middle finger to Russia and it’s laws comes from Google. The search engine created one of their popular “Google Doodles” to show various Olympic winter sports on a rainbow backdrop. The quote below the search bar comes from the Official Olympic Charter and reads: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” Those who click on the image are redirected to the Google search page for the Official Charter. On a smaller scale, the city of Sochi has also been put under the microscope after their decision to put down all stray dogs in the city, as well as their apparent lack of completed and sanitary hotel accommodations for the press. Stay tuned to PopWrapped for all the latest!!

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