Once in a blue moon, our local government does something we can all get behind. As many people have heard, Russia is a real redneck fool when it comes to gay rights. Their government is opening its ugly mouth on the matter, again, as the Olympics start up. As part of a global, unified show of support for our gay brothers and sisters worldwide, municipalities throughout the province (and the world) will be raising the rainbow flag for the duration of the Sochi Olympics. And if you want to get your own flag to fly, the kind folks at Travel Bug are selling these flags at 50% off. “Out”Port Magazine Publisher, Josh Eddy, played a role in spearheading this movement locally. St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Gander, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley Goose Bay, will all be raising a flag today. Darin King, Minister of Justice, and Steve Kent, Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, will participate in the ceremony, coinciding with the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. in front of Confederation Building, East Block. The general public is also invited to the flag raising at St. John’s City hall at 12:30pm. There will be speeches during the ceremony at St. John’s City Hall.