Russian LGBTA community responds to Madonna's tour

Posted by Will O'Bryan
August 8, 2012 11:24 AM |

We rely on your solidarity very much. We are grateful to you for your support concerning the girls from the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutzevich – [who] are undergoing the unjust trial these days in Moscow.

We [ask] you to state your position to support LGBT community in Saint Petersburg the same way – clearly and unambiguously for tolerance and equality for everyone and against the anti-gay laws, against the homophobia, the hatred, the discrimination and the violence.”

Excerpt from an Aug. 8 open letter to Madonna, scheduled to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia, Aug. 9. The letter is signed by Natalia Tsymbalova and Sergey Kondrashov, coordinators of the St. Petersburg-based Alliance of Straights for LGBT Equality.

Notably, Russia’s most prominent LGBT activist, Nikolai Alexeyev (@n_alexeyev) tweeted Aug. 7, “Horrible concert of Madonna in Moscow. Worse than what she gave in 2006 when she thanked homophobic Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.” 

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