Elton John dedicates Russian show to slain gay youth Vladislav Tornovoi

Sat. December 7, 2013 10:25 AM by OnTopMag.com

Moscow, Russia - Sir Elton John on Friday spoke out from a Moscow stage against Russian's notorious anti-gay law.

President Vladimir Putin in June signed the law which prohibits the promotion of "gay propaganda" to minors, effectively outlawing any public demonstration of support for gay rights. Approval of the law provoked worldwide condemnation and calls for boycotts of Russian made imports and international events taking place in Russia, including the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"You took me to your hearts all these years ago and you've always welcomed me with warmth and open arms any time I've visited," John said. "You have always embraced me and you have never judged me. So 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. 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."

The openly gay John said that music has the power to overcome prejudice.

"We're all here together in harmony and harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society," John said.

"The spirit we share tonight is what builds a future of equality, love and compassion for my children and for your children. Please don't leave it behind when you leave tonight. Each and every one of you please, keep this spirit in your life and in your heart. I wish you love and peace and health and happiness. And this show is dedicated to the memory of Vladislav Tornovoi," he added.

Tornovoi is the 23-year-old man from Volgograd who was murdered earlier this year after he came out gay to two friends.

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