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Elton John offers to meet Putin over gay rights

Elton John offers to meet Putin over gay rights

Elton John has expressed his desire to hold talks with Vladimir Putin over the Russian president’s ‘ridiculous’ stance on gay rights.

The Rocket Man signer accused Putin of saying ‘stupid things’ in reference to his warning last year to gay people travelling to the Sochi Winter Olympics to leave the children in peace.

‘Give me a break. You are president of Russia, and you go and say stupid things like that?,’ John told the BBC.

He described Putin’s attitude to gay people as ‘isolating and prejudiced’ and ‘ridiculous’.

John admitted meeting Putin is like ‘pie in sky’: ‘He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried.’

The invitation to talk with Putin was extended in Ukraine, on the back of a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko to demand legislative changes to support LGBT rights.

John thanked Poroshenko for his ‘support’ on Instagram and said: ‘Specifically, I asked him to: 1. Ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexuality and gender identity. 2. Provide criminal penalties for hate crimes.

‘We need Ukrainian businessmen and power brokers to create a more inclusive and tolerant society. We need this everywhere!’

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See John’s speech about tolerance and LGBTI rights at the Yalta Conference of business and political leaders in Ukraine below (starts at 4:05):