Russia to Madonna: Show up for ‘gay propaganda’ trial

English: Madonna at the premiere of I Am Becau...
Madonna (Photo by David Shankbone via Wikipedia)

Pop entertainer Madonna has been ordered to appear in a Russian court on charges of violating the St. Petersburg law against “gay propaganda.”

According to the news website Russia Today, anti-gay activists sent a legal summons to Madonna’s home address in New York.

Russia Today said:

The pro-Kremlin group Trade Union of Russian Citizens wants the Material Girl in court for blasphemy and for damaging the cultural foundations of St. Petersburg. Nine activists filed a suit against the pop star after her concert on August 9. They are seeking 333 million rubles (around US$10 million) from Madonna and from the company that organized her show.

All the fuss is because of Madonna’s actions on the stage. The pop diva started her show asking fans to raise their hands with pink bracelets, which they were given on the entrance, in support of homosexual rights.

It is, however, illegal to promote homosexuality in St. Petersburg. The local law, which bans so-called “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors,” was passed in March this year..

The case was brought by anti-homosexuality activists.  Legal proceedings began  Oct. 11, when the court began reviewing the case to determine whether a trial should be held.

The case was dismissed in November.

During her concert in early August, Madonna criticized the “gay propaganda” law and  told fans that homosexuals should be treated with dignity and have the same rights as heterosexuals. Russia Today stated:

There are some details [of the charges against Madonna] which may weaken the activists’ position in court.

First, all tickets contained a recommendation saying that only over-18s should attend the concert. In such a case, parents of minors are responsible for allowing them to be there and seeing what they saw.

Second, there is video evidence which, however, was shot without any official permission, itself a violation.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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