Madonna hasn’t been shy about expressing her distaste for Russia’s anti-gay laws, and now she’s joining the Human Rights Campaign’s “Love Conquers Hate” initiative to stop the country from targeting their citizens with hateful laws.
In a post on the LGBT equality-rights advocacy group’s website, Madonna expressed concern over the country’s law, which went into effect this summer, and classifies “homosexual propaganda” as pornography. This means anyone who is gay or supports gay rights is subject to arrest and fines. Her fear, like many other Westerners, is that these laws will be used to hurt the local LGBT community.
“Even with the 2014 Sochi Olympics just a few months away, fair-minded Russians are facing fines, harassment and violence at the hand of thugs,” Madonna wrote on the Human Rights Campaign’s website. “At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we, as advocates, have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global.”