It’s not easy being gay in Russia. Now that a new law has been passed in St. Petersburg making it illegal to “promote” homosexuality, entertainers are coming under fire for being out and proud and in support of LGBT rights in the conservative country.
Madonna is the most recent target of anti-gay activists. The AP is reporting that the superstar is being sued by Russian activists to the tune of $10.5 million dollars (that’s a lot of rubles) because she was pro-gay during a concert in which kids as young as 12 were attending.
The plaintiffs are using concert footage of the Material Girl stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians as proof for the case.
Madonna has also been vocal about the imprisonment of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot. The three musicians in the band were sentenced to two years in prison each for protesting against Vladimir Putin. The situation has drawn criticism from abroad, including from her Madgesty, who called on “all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment” during a show in Russia.
There’s been no word from Madonna’s camp on the lawsuit. But here’s a clip of her pro-gay, pro-Pussy Riot speech: