Actor and comedian Wanda Sykes was a guest on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno earlier this week, where she spoke out about her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign, and her concern for the LGBT community during the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
“It’s criminal what they’re doing to the LGBT community in Russia,” Sykes said on the show. She then went on to list several reasons why she wouldn’t go to Russia, while adding, “What I will do is wear a t-shirt to support them. Human Rights Campaign has a [shirt]out and the proceeds go to help them.” She told Leno, “And I brought you one too so if they ask you to go, you can say ‘No, I’m going to wear a t-shirt.’”
The shirt displays a Russian translation of the HRC’s LoveConquersHate motto. Sykes has joined dozens of other celebrities, including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Andy Cohen, Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman, and Matt Damon, to demonstrate her support and solidarity with the LGBT community and the equality campaign at large. All net proceeds of the campaign will be used to aid LGBT activists and gay rights organizations in Russia.
Ever since President Putin enacted the “homosexual propaganda” law, which bans any form of homosexual activity or gay rights activism, many icons and world leaders have expressed safety concerns for those traveling to Russia. Terrorist threats have also been of high concern.
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