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.

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Justin Brake (he/him) is an independent journalist from Newfoundland who currently lives on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa.