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Provincial government raises Pride flag for first time in NL history

By: | February 7, 2014

As the 2014 Winter Olympics get underway in Sochi, communities across Canada and the world speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws

Justice Minister Darin King and Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Kent raise the Pride flag on Confederation Hill in St. John's. Photo by Justin Brake.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are officially underway, and on Friday the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador raised the Pride flag on Confederation Hill for the first time in the province’s history.

Towns and cities across Canada, including St. John’s, Corner Brook, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Gander, are raising the rainbow-coloured flag in response to Olympic host country Russia’s anti-gay laws and to show their support for sexual and gender equality.

Meanwhile, Marystown-born figure skater Katelyn Osmond will compete in her first Olympic event at 12:40 p.m. NST on Saturday afternoon.

Read the full story tomorrow on TheIndependent.ca.

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