Lady Gaga to be Sued for Promoting Gay Rights in Russia
Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:35:53
According to Reuters, a political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to take legal action against Lady Gaga for promoting gay rights to minors during a concert in the country last Sunday, December 9.
Vitaly Milonov, a member of the ruling United Russia party in the St. Petersburg assembly and the architect of a city law that bans gay "propaganda," accused Gaga of breaking the law at the beginning of her show.
"We saw that in addition to music, songs and such, there were direct calls for 12-year-old citizens to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community," Milonov said, confirming that he is filing a complaint.
Gaga's managers reportedly received a call threatening her with arrest or a $50,000 fine if she spoke in support of the LGBT community.
What else did Gaga do wrong, in Milonov's eyes? Well, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the head of United Russia, has said that "not all human relationships are subject to legal regulation."
Lady Gaga saw those comments as a sign of support for her show and for gay rights, and thanked him publicly via tweet.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993. However, a large percentage of the LGBT community remains underground due to continued prejudice.
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