Madonna Stands Up For Russia’s Gay Community

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March 21, 2012 | 9:41pm EST

Madonna has vowed to use her upcoming concert in St. Petersburg, Russia to voice her support for gay locals and campaign against a controversial bill banning same-sex propaganda.
The pop superstar, who has long embraced her status as a gay icon, is disgusted by the new legislation, which outlaws reading, writing, speaking or reporting on anything related to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender issues.

The bill, which was signed into law last month, threatens those who flout the bill with fines of up to $17,000 – and Madonna is planning to test the outrageous ruling when she performs in St. Petersburg on 9 August.

In an email to Bloomberg Businessweek on Tuesday, a defiant Madonna wrote, “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.

“I’m a freedom fighter. I don’t run away from adversity. I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”