Video: See Elton John speak out against ‘inhumane and isolating’ anti-gay laws during concert in Russia
Performing in Moscow last night – the first of two concerts in Russia – Elton John spoke out against the country’s anti-gay laws from the stage.
‘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,’ Elton said.
He also said: ‘People have demanded that because of this legislation, I must not come here to Russia. But many, many more people asked me to come and I listened to them. I love coming here.’
‘I want to show them and the world that I care and that I don’t believe in isolating people,’ he added.
Elton went on to talk about how music brings people together ‘irrespective of their age, their race, their sexuality, or their religion.’
‘Look around you tonight. You see men, women, young and old, gay and straight. Thousands of Russian people enjoying the music,’ he said. ‘We’re all here together in harmony and harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society.’
Elton dedicated the concert to Vladislav Tornovoi, a 23-year-old gay man murdered by his drinking companions earlier this year after he came out to them.