02/06/2014 04:33 EST | Updated 04/08/2014 05:59 EDT

Rainbow flag to fly at Newfoundland legislature as Olympics begin

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government says it wants to show its support for human and gay rights as the Sochi Olympics get underway.

A rainbow flag will be raised Friday at the provincial legislature in St. John's to coincide with the opening of the Winter Games in Russia, where a law signed in July outlaws so-called pro-gay propaganda that could be accessible to minors.

The controversial legislation has led to protests in cities around the world.

The rainbow flag is a symbol of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador says raising the flag is meant to show its support for human rights regardless of sexual orientation.