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Video: Elton John speaks out for LGBT rights at Moscow concert

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  1. BlokeToys 7 Dec 2013, 3:56pm

    It’s good that he took the opportunity to speak out, if only the IOC hadn’t banned all competing athletes attending Sochi from doing similar.

    1. And the brave and courageous athletes that attend and defy the ban will have done more than any who boycott.

      1. Do you think that’s at all likely? I don’t.

        Numerous athletes have said they want to go and compete, they have worked hard and they deserve their time in the limelight. Do they really sound like moral people who would then risk their medals in order to make a political statement?

        I find that very unlikely, but I guess we’ll see when it happens. I’m personally not holding my breath. But any athlete that does speak out will have my respect and admiration.

        What will your opinion be of any British athlete who goes to compete and doesn’t speak out at all?

  2. I think he says “I want to show them, and the world, that I care” in the ‘missing’ part.

  3. gaga will be furious that he’s gone to russia and not boycotted the country. Personally I think it’s better to have presence somewhere rather than disappear and run away.

  4. Well done, Elt. You are, as ever, a huge boon to our international community.

  5. Excellent Elton John. For me, at last, you are using your huge advantage wisely.

  6. Colin (Queenstown/London) 7 Dec 2013, 7:30pm

    Well done Elton. Good speech. I so hope the world listens and puts pressure on Russia to modernise. Human rights for all. Lovely dedication.

    I very much respect you for doing this.
    Best Wishes

  7. Well said Elt! X

  8. Well said Elton, proud if you! X

  9. I think that EJ performing and saying his peace in Russia is a good thing. But the Olympics i am still torn about. I think mainly because of the gigantic economic benefit to Russia. I think the IOC should have moved the games. It will be very interesting when some brave athletes stand up and get arrested and put the IOC in a situation of having these brave men and women put in jail because they show that they are proud of their abilities and who they love as has been done in the past! Shame on the IOC!

  10. Frank Boulton 8 Dec 2013, 8:33am

    It was a good speech and obviously struck a chord with some of his audience. However, I’m still cynical. How has this been reported in the Russian media. Will it just not be reported at all? Or will the Russian media resort to willful mistranslation?

    The video clip is a much needed reminder that we have a bone of contention only with Putin’s government and not with the Russian people.

  11. Helge Vladimir Tiller 8 Dec 2013, 10:29am

    Thank You so very much, dear Elton John ! I just want to mention : You can meet gay friendly people in Russia . Remember – this is a very huge country, with millions of gay, lesbian and transgender persons. And these friends also, of course, know a lot of other people: Friends, relatives, classmates etc. etc. Mostly you find gay friendly persons among the young generation. The attitudes you too often find when talking to grown ups and older people are often frightening and negative. And these horrible New Laws is a disgrace to humanity. Politicians are to blame ! First and foremost the Duma representatives. To demonize the total population is wrong. The responsible system, and The Church, is to blame- not ordinary people. I wish I could explain this much better, but my English is definitely far from perfect. Sorry ! Once again : A warm hug to Elton John. A STAR to embrace !

  12. Did he go to South Africa in the time of Apartheid? I think not!

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