John M. Becker

Elton John Slams Homophobia During Russian Concert

Filed By John M. Becker | November 13, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Elton John, gay propaganda, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, St. Petersburg

elton_john_concert.jpgSir Elton John, one of the most prominent gay entertainers in the world, condemned homophobia Sunday night from the stage during a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia.

According to a post on the singer's Facebook page, the catalyst for John's remarks was the dismantling of a memorial to deceased Apple founder Steve Jobs after current Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay.

John said to the crowd:

"I'm not big on technology, but I love my iPad! They're amazing, aren't they? The way they can connect us to the things and people we love...

"How dignified that St. Petersburg should erect a memorial to Steve Jobs, the remarkable founder of Apple. But last week it was labeled 'homosexual propaganda' and taken down!

"Can this be true? Steve's memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay?! Does that also make iPads gay propaganda?! Is Tchaikovsky's beautiful music 'sexually perverting'?!

"As a gay man, I've always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans - men and women who fell in love dancing to 'Nikita' or their kids who sing along to 'Circle of Life' - mean the world to me.

"If I'm not honest about who I am, I couldn't write this music. It's not gay propaganda. It's how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity."

This isn't the first time that John has openly defied Russia's draconian ban on so-called "gay propaganda": in December 2013, he slammed the law onstage during a performance in Moscow, calling it "inhumane and isolating" and making a powerful plea for equality.

Under the terms of the law, John technically could have faced jail time and deportation for speaking out for LGBT human rights.

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