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POP music icon and LGBTI rights activist Madonna has joined an ever-growing list of celebrities, including Cyndi Lauper, Wentworth Miller and Ricky Martin to name a few, by joining the Human Right Campaign and donning the Russian-translated Love Conquers Hate t-shirt campaign.

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In an open letter to HRC members on the organisation’s website, Madonna wrote:

Dear fellow equality supporter,
“Love conquers hate.” It’s an iconic message that the Human Rights Campaign’s members and supporters have spread to millions around the United States.

But right now in Russia, LGBT people and our allies who support basic fairness and dignity face a different reality. They are being targeted by hateful new laws that outlaw support for LGBT equality. Even with the 2014 Sochi Olympics just a few months away, fair-minded Russians are facing fines, harassment, and violence at the hands of thugs.

At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we as advocates have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global. That’s why I’m joining HRC’s Love Conquers Hate campaign, in hopes that more and more fair-minded people around the world will stand up and fight against the Russian government’s campaign of hate.

Right now, you can send that message directly to the Russian people and provide much-needed support to LGBT advocates in Russia by purchasing the Russian-language Love Conquers Hate t-shirt. And once you have your t-shirt, share a picture of yourself wearing it on social media using #LoveConquersHate. With your help, we can make this simple message go global.

Make no mistake about it: the goal of these hateful laws is to leave LGBT Russians feeling isolated. Worthless. Completely alone.

Together, we can send a message to LGBT Russians that the world is on their side, and that those who seek to support them aren’t alone in this fundamental fight for fairness.

It’s time for love to conquer hate everywhere, for everyone. I hope you’ll stand with me in this fight.

Sincerely,
Madonna Ciccone

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