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Exclusive: Madonna vows to flout "gay propaganda" law in Putin's hometown

St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko signed a law on March 7 that bans lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered “propaganda” that could give minors “the false perception that traditional and nontraditional relationships are socially equal.”

And Madonna, who is scheduled to perform in St. Petersburg in August, is taking a stand telling Bloomberg exclusively by email last night, “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 … I’m a freedom fighter.”

“I don’t run away from adversity,” Madonna, who has used her fame to support gay rights, said in the e-mail. “I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”

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