TV star Paul O’Grady will attend tonight’s London rally against Russia’s anti-gay laws, organisers have announced.

The gay comedian and entertainer, who presents shows on the BBC and ITV, is known for being a vocal and passionate campaigner on LGBT rights.

The event, which lasts from 6pm-7pm, is being organised by online campaign group All Out and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

It is designed to raise awareness of political homophobia in Russia before the start of the Winter Olympics.

The rally will take place opposite Downing Street in Whitehall.

It is part of a ‘Global Speak Out’ that is taking place today in cities around the world.

Speaking at the first Whitehall protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws last August, Stephen Fry said that athletes taking part in the Winter Olympics should perform a simple gesture to show their solidarity with the LGBT community.  

The gay actor, author and comedian told PinkNews that people should also “mock” President Vladimir Putin.

Last month, President Vladimir Putin claimed gay people would be welcome in Sochi, providing they “just leave the children alone”.

The Games begin in the Russian city of Sochi on Friday.