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The Shortlist for Feb. 18

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Rihanna shows solidarity with gay rights advocates at Sochi Olympics with P6 hatUsing fashion to speak out against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law, Rihanna shared a photo of herself wearing an Alexander Wang-designed hat that reads "P6" on Twitter and Instagram over the holiday weekend, following up the posts with links to stories in the New York Times and other publications about the P6 campaign.P6 refers to the Principle 6 clause in the Olympic Charter, which states that: "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement." And since the International Olympic Committee has deemed that precept to extend to sexual orientation, P6 has become a symbol of the disconnect between Russia's anti-homosexual policies and the decision to stage the Olympics in Sochi.As the P6 campaign's website explains, "Wearing Principle 6 gear will show support for the Olympic value of non-discrimination and is a tangible way to speak out against the anti-gay laws and violence in Russia leading up to the 2014 Winter Games."Proceeds from the sale of P6 merchandise has been earmarked to support LGBT advocacy groups in Russia.
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