Elton John Lashes Out Against Russian Anti-Gay Law at Moscow Show

Posted Saturday December 7, 2013 5:30 PM GMT

Becoming the first big-time Western celebrity to fire at Russia's new anti-gay legislation, Sir Elton John made some noise at his concert in Moscow on Friday (December 6).

The 66-year-old song star's performance honored a Russian man killed for being gay, and during it, he condemned discrimination against the local gay community onstage.

The Russian legislation was enacted in June, and since then, the "Circle of Life" singer has become the first Western celebrity to publicly denounce the laws.

He claimed that he was "sad to learn" about the enactment of the banning of "propaganda of homosexuality among minors," also stating on BBC News that, "In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating."

Joining Madonna and Lady Gaga (who performed in Moscow in 2012) as another singer to stand up against anti-gay movements, controversy and law suits are sure to follow.

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