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Elton John Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Legislation at Russian Concert

Image courtesy of Universal Music (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Universal Music (via ABC News Radio)

Elton John used his concert in Moscow on Friday night as a chance to condemn Russia's controversial laws banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors.

According to The Independent , the British singer told the sold-out crowd, "You've always embraced me and you have never judged me."  He added, "I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community here in Russia. In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating."

Elton is the first major Western, openly gay performer to play in Russia since the law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in June.  Sir Elton didn't specifically mention Putin, but he did say, "I love this country. I want to show them and the world that I care, and that I don’t believe in isolating people. Harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society. The spirit we share tonight is what builds a future of equality, love and compassion -- for my children and for your children."

Elton dedicated the concert to Vladislav Tornovoi , a 23-year-old Russian who was tortured and murdered earlier this year by friends for being gay. 

Both Madonna and Lady Gaga were vocal about supporting Russia’s LGBT residents when they performed their respective concerts in St. Petersburg last year.

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