A Valentine's Day dance is being held in Kelowna to protest discrimination in Russia against the LGBT community.
As well as being a fundraiser for the Okanagan Pride organization, the Feb. 14 event is intended to be Kelowna's contribution to worldwide demonstrations linked to the Sochi Winter Olympics.
"We want to do what we can to show support to the LGBT community in Russia," Wilbur Turner, president of the Okanagan Pride society, said Thursday.
"There are many countries in the world where there is even more discrimination against LGBT people, but Russia's in the spotlight right now because of the Olympics," Turner said.
A state-sponsored anti-gay attitude in Russia makes life increasingly difficult for people of differing sexual orientations, Turner says.
"The law appears to have given licence to groups of thugs to declare open season on hunting down, torturing, raping and killing LGBT people," he said.
The theme of the Valentine's Day dance, to be held at the Level nightclub on Leon Avenue, is One Love, Solidarity, Love, Equality. Tickets cost $10. For more information, see okanaganpride.com.