Elton John Says ’Nyet’ to Homophobia On Stage in Moscow
On Friday night, pop legend Elton John put Russia’s controversial gay propaganda law to a very public test, when he took the opportunity to condemn the recently enacted legislation and the government that passed it in front of a sold-out audience at Moscow’ Crocus City Hall.
The multi award-winning singer then dedicated the evening’s performance to Vladislav Tornovoi, a 23-year-old man who was brutally raped and murdered by acquaintances for being gay.
The following transcript of Sir Elton’s speech was posted on his Facebook page.
"I have something to say.
I have always loved coming here, coming to this country, ever since I first played here in 1979. I love Russia - I love its art and its culture. But most of all, I love you, the people. You took me to your hearts all those years ago, and you have always welcomed me with warmth and open arms every time I have 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 LGBT community here in Russia. In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating.