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By Charlotte Robinson, September 20, 2013
As you know the beat won’t go on in Russia anytime soon since Cher canceled her performances in protest of Russia’s new anti gay laws. Now pop star Selena Gomez has been denied her visa by Russian government officials. This has forced Selena to cancel 2 concerts slated for St. Petersburg's Ice Palace on Sept. 23rd & Moscow's Olimpiisky Stadium on Sept. 25th because of a petition that appeared on Change.org asking her take a stand on LGBT rights in the former Soviet Union. The petition called on Gomez to speak out & "let LGBT folks in Russia know that we stand with them, & that they are not alone." It reached over 1,000 signatures before the news of Gomez's denied visa became public. Earlier this week Elton John who is planning to travel to Russia this December to perform despite the country's anti LGBT crackdown stated, “ I’ve got to go. And I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully. There’re two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you’re really leaving the men & women who are gay & suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there & supporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go.” Updates to Come…:)
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