Mikhail Baryshnikov, dance legend, criticizes Russia’s treatment of LGBT people

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian dance legend and “Sex and the City” actor, has criticized Russia’s law banning “homosexual propaganda.”

“My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable,” said Baryshnikov in a press statement to No More Fear Foundation. “Equal treatment of people is a basic right and it is sad that we still have to even speak about this in [the]21st century.”

No More Fear Foundation is an international LGBT group who works in aiding members seeking asylum to the United States as well those who continue to endure persecution in their home countries.  

“I salute No More Fear Foundation for stepping in so quickly to provide the much necessary assistance to gay and lesbian people who are fleeing persecution and help them lead a proud life in their new country.”

The 65-year-old was born in Latvia and became a principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

On June 30, Russia implemented several anti-LGBT laws like banning pride parades, homosexual propaganda and restricting foreign LGBT couples form adopting Russian children. According to President Putin, the laws were enforced to protect the children as well as maintain Catholic Orthodox values. 

Baryshnikov joins a long list of celebrities who have vocally spoken out against Russia’s anti-LGBT laws, including: Elton John, Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tilda Swinton and George Takei.

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