Ski Bums, an international LGBT skiers and snowboarders club, staged a protest against Russia's anti-LGBT laws Tuesday in New York City, asking passers-by to toss snowballs at a massive banner bearing the face of Vladimir Putin.
"We are taking shots at Putin with snowballs. It's the Olympics and we're all about equality and we believe that everyone should be free to be who they want to be," organizer Shannon May told BuzzFeed.
Ski Bums interviewed participants for a PSA video about Russia's anti-LGBT laws and ongoing discrimination perpetrated against the country's LGBT community.
UPDATE - 3:30 p.m. ET: Ski Bums added up the top scores of its club members and plans to donate that amount -- $510 -- to the Russia Freedom Fund, which benefits Russian LGBT groups, according to Ski Bums Founder and President Chris French.
"One good thing about Russia's hosting of the Sochi Olympics is that it is drawing international attention to the Putin administration's oppression of the LGBT community," French said in a statement. "As winter sports enthusiasts, we believe that anyone should be able to follow their passion, regardless of who they love."