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Russian News and Stories » Madonna to Oppose Anti-Gay Law
Madonna to Oppose Anti-Gay Law
Madonna to Stand Up for Gay Rights at Concert in St. Petersburg!
During Madonna's first tour of Russia a couple of years go Orthodox Christian activists were opposed to the star's style. This time Madonna is sure to outrage the Orthodox community, as well as local officials, by standing up for LGBT rights by defying a new law recently passed against promoting homosexuality.
Madonna said by email, "I am a freedom fighter. I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed."
The law, which was signed by St. Petersburg Governor and strong Putin ally as well as former KGB officer, Geogry Poltavchenko, outlaws lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered "propaganda" that could give minors "the false perception that traditional and non traditional relationships are socially equal."
During the Soviet Union homosexuality was illegal but was since decriminalized in Russia in 1993. However a strong push by the Russian Orthodox Church has led to some harsh legislation and new laws aimed at homosexuality.
Madonna, one of the worlds highest-earning celebrities according to Forbes magazine, plans to perform in Moscow on August 7th, with a concert in St. Petersburg two days later.
It will be interesting to see how Madonna's concert plays out in St. Petersburg, or if she will eventually be forced to cancel the show.
In light of the new law against homosexuality in St. Petersburg, we hope that this will not effect your decision to visit this amazing city and culture! There are ways to voice your opinions and disagreements, but to miss out on such a wonder on the world is unnecessary!