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Madonna Will “Speak Up” for Gays at St. Petersburg Concert

Madonna Will “Speak Up” for Gays at St. Petersburg Concert

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Madonna plans to speak out against St. Petersburg, Russia's new antigay law when she performs there in August, Bloomberg News reports.

"I don't run away from adversity," she said in an exclusive email to the news service Tuesday night. "I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity."

The star is referring to a law banning "public activities promoting homosexuality" to minors, and gay groups in Russia say it will have the effect of prohibiting even LGBT pride parades. The law, signed by St. Petersburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko March 7 after approval by the city legislature, says pro-gay "propaganda" could give young people "the false perception that traditional and nontraditional relationships are socially equal."

Some pro-LGBT activists have called on tourists and celebrities to boycott the city, but Madonna plans to take a different approach while keeping her August 9 concert date. "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," she said in the email to Bloomberg. "I'm a freedom fighter."

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.