(QHA) - Demonstrations around the world are planned for Wednesday to protest Russia's anti-gay law, as international athletes prepare to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, VOA reports. Gay rights activists plan to gather in 19 cities worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, and St. Petersburg, in efforts to persuade corporate sponsors of the games to speak out against the law, which prohibits spreading so-called "gay propaganda" to minors. Among the corporate sponsors the demonstrators are targeting are Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Samsung. As reported, the decision to hold the Winter Olympics in Russia has been criticised due to concerns about human rights abuses and a recent law that bans "gay propaganda" which critics say discriminates against homosexuals. For this reason number of European officials announced they would not attend the Olympics.