Elton John Will Perform in Russia to Support Gays
Elton John will not cancel a concert planned for later this year in Russia, despite the antigay climate and the threat of prosecution and jail time posed by the country’s “gay propaganda” laws.
The 66-year-old gay singer told The Guardian that the show must go on in Moscow this December, in order to support his LGBT fans who might be suffering “in an isolated situation.”
“I've got to go,” John said. “And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: Do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the antigay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go.”
John's decision to perform stands in contrast to another international gay icon and performer, Cher, who recently turned down an opportunity to sing at the upcoming Olympics in Russia because of all the “gay hate” there.