St Petersburg (Russia), Aug. 10 (Reuters): Pop star Madonna spoke out for gay rights at a concert yesterday in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s home town, where activists say a law adopted this year to curb homosexual “propaganda” is discriminatory.
Performing in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience — most wearing pink wrist bands — to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community”. “We want to fight for the right to be free,” she said.
The American singer has turned a two-concert tour into a platform for comment on Putin’s Russia. In Moscow , she told a crowd she prays for the release of three members of the band Pussy Riot.