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Elton John: “Ireland abortion vote shows people can change their mind”

Elton John: “Ireland abortion vote shows people can change their mind”

Elton John

Elton John used Ireland’s recent vote to end its abortion ban as an example for minds changing.

The singer recently visited the Ukraine to raise awareness about AIDS. He attended an event organized by the Elena Pinchuk Foundation.

‘Believe me, I love this country. We will do everything we can to continue the fight against AIDS,’ he said.

John has long spoken up for gay rights in the Eastern European country. He once tried to adopt an HIV positive boy from the country, but was blocked at the time due to his age and not being married.

Though the Ukraine has struggled with progressive rights, John isn’t giving up. He commented that Ireland is a prime example.

‘It takes a long time for things to happen as I said.

‘Look what just happened in Ireland: the vote for abortion. Things change. People … they change their mind. And with a younger generation coming up, they are different kind of people, and they’re our future.’

He concluded: ‘We’ve made great progress but we still have a lot of work to do.’

A country taking steps forward

Over the past several years, the Ukraine has become more progressive on LGBTI rights.

In 2016, the country held its first Pride celebration outside of Kiev.

One year later, a poll revealed 56% of the population believed LGB people should receive equal rights. In 2010, only 28% of the population believed that.