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Elton John: I fear that Russian law blocks access to HIV information and pushes people away from Russia

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  1. He’s certainly right about ‘pushing people away’. I’d NEVER visit or support in any way such a vile, discriminatory regime ….

  2. Colin (Queenstown/London) 11 Dec 2013, 6:43pm

    Well done Elton. You went and supported local gay people when others have not. I so respect you for that. This is pro Russia and pro the Russian gay community.

    I am against the leadership, legal stance and religious victimisation of the gay community in Russia as I think most people are.

    However we can register our protest over the Olympics.

    Simply delete the channells from your TV boxes, online etc for the period of the Olympics. This hurts Russia, hurts the advertisers who support Russia, hurts the broadcasters who support Russia. If each gay person did this and one straight friend and one family member that would be 18% of the worlds population. Now thats a protest.

  3. Why do people care about this whole Russia affair? It’s not as if it’s going to happen here, chill out.

    1. Lion in Winter 12 Dec 2013, 1:27pm

      Wow. Xenophobic? Or just NIMBY-ism? So long as it doesn’t affect you in your day to day life, why care… Other people are being beaten and brutalized, but so long as it’s not happening to you, then it’s ok… Your compassion is what’s in question.

    2. Remember those laws passed in Germany in the thirties? Persecuting people because of religion, sexuality, political views, etc. Well, it may have started in “just” one country, but it escalated because people didn´t care (it wasn´t happening in their country, after all…)
      I´m not sitting idly by when it seems like history is repeating itself.

      And the reason I care? Because people are being hurt because of who they feel attracted to or who they love – and it just isn´t right!

  4. They want to burn gays alive:
    en.ria.ru/russia/20131213/185522052/Star-of-Russian-Scrubs-Urges-Burning-Gays-Alive.html

    It was said to thousands of people who gathered to listen to this guy.
    What’s worst. Most people who left comments on different news sites/forums support what he said. This is terrifying.

    And guess what. Nothing will happen to him. Nothing. I can only imagine what LGBT youth feel when they read this. My young brother was in tears and he has been in constant state of depresion and fear last several months.
    It just breaks my heart.

  5. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Dec 2013, 11:32am

    Wise words by Mr. Elton John ! He for sure is a real friend of humanity. There is very much poverty in Russia. A fact that too seldom is being focused on. This also strengthens the pressure on HIV-positive people and The Gay Community. The G. Community very much ! wants us to visit their country ! ( By the way, Elton J. gave a concert here in Oslo yesterday. Very successful indeed.)

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