Celebs Unite on Social Media to Protest Russian Anti-Gay Laws

Jeremy Blacklow
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Some big names are joining America's largest gay rights group in a new campaign that launched today protesting laws in Russia that make it illegal to support the LGBT community.

And the stars are making their political statement through social media. Jonah Hill, Taryn Manning, Andy Cohen, Kevin Bacon, Tim Gunn, Fergie, Ricky Martin, Kelly Osbourne, America Fererra, Wentworth Miller, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kristen Bell (amongst many others) are donning shirts that say "Love Conquers Hate" in Russian to show their support for the Human Rights Campaign's new initiative.

[Gallery: Stars Wear Their 'Love Conquers Hate' T-Shirts]

"We stand with Russia's LGBT community and their allies," HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. "We are committed to doing as much as we possibly can to support their efforts to repeal this heinous law."

The HRC is an organization that defends the rights of the LGBT community. If you remember, they designed the red "equal" sign that took over social media a few months ago as part of a campaign for marriage equality that shattered social media records.

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Russia shocked human rights advocates around the world when they passed a law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors" last June. Lawmakers have since made it clear that anyone showing public support of gay equality could be prosecuted.

Many gay rights advocates, including HRC, have called for a repeal of the law prior to the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

All of the net proceeds raised by T-shirt sales will support LGBT advocates in Russia. Anyone interested in learning more or buying a shirt of their own can head over to loveconquershate.org.