Pop singer Madonna got her start from her LGBT fan base in her earlier days. Since her career launched, the “Vogue” singer has been giving back to the LGBT community in numerous ways. This time around, she’s embracing the Russian LGBT by backing the Human Rights Campaign’s “Love Conquers Hate” initiative.
This initiative will be ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Many people in Russia are worried that the country will eventually crack down on the LGBT community, as several members have been harassed physically and emotionally.
Madonna gave a statement to the “Love Conquers Hate” initiative, having said:
“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. At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we, as advocates, have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global.”
Madonna continued to speak out against the violence and in support of the LGBT community in Russia:
“Together, we can send a message to LGBT Russians that the world is on their side, and that those who seek to support them aren’t alone in this fundamental fight for fairness.”
The community seems to be very moved by Madonna’s course of action. On the importance of Madonna’s support, Russian LGBT’s network lawyer, Maria Kozlovskaya, said:
“It is very important that celebrities like Madonna or Lady Gaga join initiatives of that kind. That inspires the LGBT community members to further fight for their rights and gives them hope for improvement of their situation.”
Madonna’s first introduction to the gay community happened before she hit the scene. Her ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn, introduced her to the LGBT culture when she was a teen, having said that she was beautiful and that she had something to offer the world.