Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Tomorrow the world will tune in to watch the Olympic opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, an event underpinned with growing violence toward and persecution of the LGBT community and its allies, condoned with the government’s discriminatory anti-LGBT laws.

A video released this week by the Human Rights Watch is a sobering documentation of the abuse LGBT or assumed-LGBT  Russians are now facing daily. The footage was shot by the perpetrators and gathered by HRW.

Across the globe, people are speaking out on social media against Russia's heinous anti-LGBT laws. Join HRC and stand in solidarity of LGBT people in Russia and around the world at

Please be advised. The video below contains disturbing and violent images.

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