NEW YORK - New York City’s former Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the board of a nonprofit that aids gay athletes.

The onetime Democratic mayoral candidate joined the New York-based Athlete Ally last month.

Quinn tells the Daily News that the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, opening this week highlight how important Athlete Ally’s work is.

She says she wants to raise awareness around "Principle 6" of the Olympic charter. It states that discrimination against participating athletes is incompatible with the Olympic Movement.

Russia has passed anti-gay laws that prohibit "propaganda of nontraditional sexual practices."

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