Madonna Joins Campaign To Support Russian LGBT Community
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.05.2013
That's going to make some Russians mad...
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Madonna has joined a campaign to support Russia's LGBT community. She has expressed her disapproval of the law against "gay propaganda" and joined the Human Rights Campaign's "Love Conquers Hate" campaign. More celebrities are worried that the law, first created in St. Petersburg and then nationwide, could be used to hurt the local LGBT community.
Madonna said on the website of the campaign: "Even with the 2014 Sochi Olympics just a few months away, fair-minded Russians are facing fines, harassment and violence at the hand of thugs. At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we, as advocates, have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global. Together, we can send a message to LGBT Russians that the world is on their side, and that those who seek to support them aren't alone in this fundamental fight for fairness."
Maria Kozlovskaya, a lawyer for the Russian LGBT Network (a national organization with a headquarters in St Petersburg), added: "It is very important that celebrities like Madonna or Lady Gaga join initiatives of that kind. That inspires the LGBT community members to further fight for their rights and gives them hope for improvement of their situation."
Madonna's performance in St Petersburg in August 2012, in which she supported the local LGBT community, waved an LGBT flag and stripped down to black lingerie with "No Fear" written on her bare back, drew criticism from locals. An organization tried to sue her for $10 million (333 million rubles) under the gay propaganda law but it was thrown out of court.