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New West flies Rainbow Flag during Olympics

The Rainbow Flag is flying over New Westminster City Hall.

The city has raised the flag as a show of support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Prior to the Games, the Russian parliament put in place "anti-gay" laws causing a global controversy.

"As a diverse city at the centre of Metro Vancouver—home of the 2010 Olympic Games—we feel a strong need to demonstrate our support for the equal rights of the LGBT community both here at home and around the world," said Mayor Wayne Wright in a press release. "New Westminster is a community that welcomes everyone, no matter what their religion, race, culture or sexual orientation.

"Along with other Canadian cities flying the Rainbow Flag during the Olympics, New Westminster is sending a compelling message and underscoring our commitment to diversity."

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