Elton John Wants To Grill Putin Over Gay Rights

Elton John Wants To Grill Putin Over Gay Rights

Sir Elton John has said he wants to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his stance on gay rights.

The singer said Russia's attitude to gay people was "isolating & prejudiced" & "ridiculous".

Russia sparked an international outcry in June 2013 after passing a law banning what it called homosexual "propaganda" among children.

And before the Winter Olympics in Sochi last year, Mr Putin controversially said gay people travelling to the Games could "feel relaxed & comfortable", yet that they must "leave the children in peace".

Sir Elton – who has two sons, Zachary, four, & Elijah, two, with husband David Furnish – made the offer of talks after speaking at a conference in Ukraine, where he met with the country's president Petro Poroshenko to lobby him approximately lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) rights.

Sir Elton told the BBC: "Give me a break. You are president of Russia, & you go & say stupid things like that?"

He went on: "I would like to meet (Mr Putin). It's probably pie in the sky… He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door, & call me an absolute idiot, yet at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried."

The star thanked Mr Poroshenko for his "support" after meeting him.

He said on Instagram: "After speaking at the YES Ukraine 2015 Conference today in Kiev, I met with Ukraine President Poroshenko approximately the importance of legislative changes to support LGBT rights.

"Specifically, I asked him to: 1. Ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexuality & gender identity. 2. Provide criminal penalties for hate crimes.

"We need Ukrainian businessmen & power brokers to create a more inclusive & tolerant society. We need this everywhere!"

Sir Elton has been outspoken on the issue of gay rights before, most recently when, earlier this year, he temporarily boycotted Dolce & Gabbana after the fashion designers called children conceived by IVF "synthetic".

Source: “Sky News”