Sunday, July 1, 2012

Lucky Fan Meets Elton in Front of 300,000

Elton John used an Aids charity concert in Kiev on Saturday to make an emotional appeal to Ukraine to stop what he called persecution of gays.


The 65-year-old singer broke off during a two-hour performance, part of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament co-hosted by Ukraine, to speak about reports of physical attacks on members of the former Soviet republic's gay community.

John, a regular visitor to the country, drew cheers from thousands of Ukrainians watching his performance on huge street screens when he described Ukraine as "my second home".

"Recently I read about violence against gay people in Ukraine. Beating up gay people is wrong. This for me does not symbolise Ukraine," he said.

"I plead with you: Stop the violence against gay people."

Ahead of the European soccer championship which began on June 8 and ends on Sunday with the final in Kiev, a gay pride march in the Ukrainian capital was called off and one of its leaders was beaten by assailants.

Last Saturday, another leading Ukrainian gay rights activist said he had received hospital treatment after being beaten in Kiev by a group of assailants, who screamed homophobic insults at him.

John, who entered a civil partnership with David Furnish in 2005, regularly champions respect for gay and lesbian rights. - EWW



SETLIST

Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Bennie and the Jets
Levon
Tiny Dancer
Philadelphia Freedom
Candle in the Wind
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Rocket Man
Hey Ahab
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
Sacrifice
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Nikita (Solo)
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'm Still Standing
The Bitch Is Back
Crocodile Rock
Encore:
Your Song

No comments: