-- Several gay or gay-friendly celebrities have announced that they won't be visiting Russia for various events because of that country's newly instituted anti-gay laws. But Elton John says he still plans to perform there...because he doesn't want leave his gay fans to face the situation on their own.
Elton has a concert booked for Moscow on December 6, and he tells the British paper The Guardian, "I've got to go. And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's 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 and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation."
He adds, "As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go."
In that same interview, Elton recalls one of his earlier trips to Russia, when being spied on by the government was the big concern. "Listen, I went [there] in 1979 and I knew we were being watched all the time," he dishes. "I had an interpreter that they'd clearly set up. Actually, I ended up having sex with him on the roof of my hotel."
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