St. Petersburg city assemblyman Vitaly Milanov, the author of anti-gay law that just went into effect, says he will attend Madonna's concert in the Russian city tuis summer to see if she follows through with her vow to speak out for the gay community.
The ‘homosexual propaganda’ law in the city went into effect on last Saturday and there have been calls for the singer to cancel her concert there.
But instead, the superstar said earlier this week the she plans to use the occasion to speak out.
'I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed,' she said. 'I’m a freedom fighter.'
In response, Milanov told the Russian Interfax news agency he was willing to attend the show 'to control its moral content. ... I’m ready to personally suffer a couple of hours of her concert.'
Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen on Tuesday (20 March) had urged Madonna to cancel the concert in St Petersburg which resulted in the singer speaking out.
'I don’t run away from adversity,' Madonna said. 'I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.'
The new law makes it an administrative offense to engage in any 'propaganda' that could give minors 'the false perception that traditional and nontraditional relationships are socially equal.'
Violations can carry fines ranging from about $170 for individuals up to $16,700 or organizations and businesses.