The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched its “Love Conquers Hate” project in early November in order to increase awareness and raise support for Russia’s LGBT community.
Pop icon and “Good Girl Gone Wild” singer Madonna added her name to the list of A-list Hollywood stars when she took to Instagram to show her support for the cause. The singer posted a shot of herself in a Russian “Love Conquers All” shirt—which come in a variety of languages and colors.
Following the initiation of the hateful “anti-propaganda” law that prohibits any display or support of homosexuality in Russia, members of the country’s LGBT community have faced ongoing bullying and violent attacks at the hands of radical groups who support the law.
In addition to Madonna, celebrities who have stood up and donned their t-shirts for the initiative include Wentworth Miller (leading man of former FOX hit “Prison Break”), comedian Jonah Hill, Black-Eyed Peas bombshell Fergie, “Halloween” scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, Tim Gunn, and Kirsten Bell, among others.
According to HRC’s site, this initiative is not only a stand against the bigotry taking place in Russia, but also against the blind eye of the International Olympic Committee. The featured statement reads: “The IOC’s error in judgment is a gross insult to the millions of LGBT Russians and international travelers put at risk by this law.”
HRC has more information about their fight for LGBT equality in Russia here.