Russia's unabashed anti-gay laws have become a point of focus for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The country's administration has already stated that any advocacy of "homosexuality or non-traditional relationships” is now criminal.
This has, in turn, led to a backlash of protest from athletes and other public figures. British comedian Stephen Fry has been one of the most vocal, advocating for a petition to get the games moved to Vancouver.
But the athletes have been far from silent as well, with the most recent example being runners Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kissing on the winner's podium at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
Athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kiss on the podium to protest against the anti-gay laws in Russia pic.twitter.com/fTZOrTuW1y
— Livia Iacolare (@liviacolare) August 18, 2013