September 16, 2013
The Patron Saint of the LGBT community, Cher, turned down an offer to open the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In an interview with Canadian magazine Maclean’s, Cher revealed that she recently turned down an offer to perform at the Sochi Olympic Games in protest to the government’s treatment of the LGBT community:
“I can’t name names,” but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed into law a bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” thus opening a dark and violent Hitlerian chapter in the modern history of gay rights in Russia. The law caps an epoch of activities by the Russian government aimed at limiting the rights of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.