NEW YORK – Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country’s harsh new anti-gay law.
Passed last year, the so-called gay propaganda law bans promotion of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.
John said Wednesday he visited Russia in December concerned that the new law would affect how he was treated as an openly gay foreigner. He says he received a warm welcome.
But if foreign visitors are unaffected by the law, John says it has legitimized vicious homophobia against gay Russians. John calls the legislation deeply dangerous to the gay and lesbian community and deeply divisive to Russian society.
– Associated Press