Lady Gaga faces Russian ‘gay propaganda’ charge

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

A month after pop singer Madonna was cleared in a Russian lawsuit charging her with illegally promoting homosexuality to minors, the same charge has been leveled at singer-dancer Lady Gaga.

The Reuters news service reported:

A political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for promoting gay rights to minors during a concert on Sunday.

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 the singer 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, adding that he would file a complaint to prosecutors over the singer’s actions.

He had unsuccessfully called on authorities to bar people under 18 from attending Lady Gaga’s show.

A vocal defender of lesbian and gay rights, Lady Gaga said offstage that her managers had received a call threatening her with arrest or a $50,000 fine if she spoke in support of the LGBT community, according to media reports.

Read the full Reuters article here: “Lady Gaga accused of illegal gay rights promotion in Russia.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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  1. I really wish both Madonna and Gaga cancelled their concerts in St.Pete altogether. Milonov maybe blabbering all he wants, but the city is making a great deal of $$$ on these events.

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