ELTON: Let's Russia Know How He Feels
Elton John did indeed speak out against Russia's law banning gay propaganda among minors at his show Friday night in Moscow.
He said, "You took me to your hearts all these years ago, and you’ve always welcomed me with warmth and open arms every time I’ve visited. You have always embraced me and you have never judged me. So I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community here in Russia. In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating. People have demanded that because of this legislation, I must not come here to Russia. But many, many more people asked me to come, and I listened to them. I love coming here. I want to show them and the world that I care and that I don’t believe in isolating people... We’re all here together in harmony, and harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society..." And with that he dedicated the show to the memory of Vladislav Tornovoy, the 23-year-old man murdered in the southern city of Volgograd last May allegedly for being gay.
Elton performed in Kazan, Russia on Saturday. He now heads back through Europe for shows starting in France Monday and running through December 19th in Lithuania.