Gay rights activists have planned a protest Friday afternoon in downtown as the
The group organizing the event, GetEQUAL, said in a news release that the demonstration will be peaceful but "will mince no words about the oppressive and dangerous anti-gay laws that have recently been passed in Russia."
The group also faults the
The Road to Sochi Tour is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and has made stops across the U.S. It includes interactive sports, such as a hockey slap shot test and a street luge ramp, among other attractions.
It is free and open to the public at L.A. Live.
The protest starts at 1 p.m. nearby.
"It's truly an honor for us to bring the Road to Sochi Tour to Olympic and Paralympic fans across the country," Paul G. Alexander, Liberty Mutual Insurance chief communications officer said on the teamusa.org website before the tour took off across the country.
The protest coincides with Friday's opening ceremonies in Sochi.
Also on Friday, but much later in the evening, many Angelenos are expected to participate in the "Uprising of Love" in West Hollywood and elsewhere.
The action is in response to what activists say was Russia forbidding the establishment of a Pride House in Sochi, a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes, fans and friends to meet.
"The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is supporting this, and other initiatives to highlight the human rights abuses against LGBT Russians, because we can't allow Olympics hype to obscure what's happening to LGBT people there," said Jim Key, a representative for the center.