Speak Out For Equality in Moscow and St. Petersburg
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Manager, Selena Gomez
Mandy Teefey
Manager, Selena Gomez
Brian Teefey
Publicist, Selena Gomez
Jill Fritzo
Publicist, Selena Gomez
Ashlea Mackin
Agent, Selena Gomez
Sean Grumman
Agent, Selena Gomez
Paul Fitzgerald
Agent, Selena Gomez
Cristian Carino
Hollywood Records
Donny Novakovic
Hollywood Records
Lillian Matulic

Speak Out For Equality in Moscow and St. Petersburg

    1. John Becker
    2. Petition by

      John Becker

      Washington, United States

UPDATE: Wow. Less than two days after we launched this petition asking Selena Gomez to speak out for LGBT Russians at her upcoming concerts there, Russian authorities yanked her visa. She was forced to cancel the performances just four days before the first was scheduled to take place. 

The Russian government appears to have been worried -- as a result of our petition -- that Selena would speak out for LGBT rights. Needless to say, this set off quite the media firestorm. Click here for a roundup of the coverage.

Next week, Selena Gomez is scheduled to perform two concerts in Russia -- one of the most anti-LGBT countries in the world. I want her to stand on stage and speak out for Russia's LGBT community.

Singer Selena Gomez is a talented, award-winning pop superstar with a Top 10 album and multiple hit singles under her belt, as well as a worldwide following of devoted fans. But her life hasn’t been entirely charmed: Gomez has revealed on numerous occasions that she was the victim of bullying while in school.

Next week Gomez is scheduled to perform two concerts in Russia, a country that’s currently bullying and persecuting its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. Under that country’s new “gay propaganda” ban, it is now a crime to publicly acknowledge the LGBT community, say that gay relationships are equal to non-gay ones, organize an LGBT pride parade, or even simply hold a rainbow flag. This and other anti-gay laws are legitimizing an alarming surge in hate-motivated beatings, torture, and murders of LGBT people across Russia.

Selena Gomez knows all too well what it’s like to be bullied, and as an international pop star she has a unique platform – and a special obligation – to join other celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Cher in speaking out against the Russian government’s bullying of LGBT people. By speaking out, Selena can let LGBT folks in Russia know that we stand with them, and that they are not alone.

Please sign this petition to ask Selena Gomez to stand up for Russia's LGBT community when she’s in Russia next week.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. E!

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      And here's E! Lots of press today, folks -- keep those signatures coming! Thank you!

      Selena Gomez's Visa Denied by Russia-Reportedly Over Gay Rights Stance

      Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images If Selena Gomez wants to perform in Russia, she might try pulling an Edward Snowden and leaking state secrets because that may be the only way she's likely to gain entry.

    3. Logo weighs in

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition caught the attention of Logo's NewNowNext .

      Was Selena Gomez's Russian Concert Cancelled Because Of Anti-Gay Laws?

      Selena Gomez has cancelled two upcoming concerts in Russia today after government officials denied her visa request, a possible side effect of a crackdown on international performers and Russia's anti-gay laws.. The "Come and Get It" singer was supposed to play St.

    4. Moscow!!

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Wow. We've even made the Moscow Times.

      Anti-Gay Law Blamed in Visa Denial

      U.S. pop star Selena Gomez has been forced to cancel two concerts in Russia after indirectly falling victim to Russia's anti-gay law, concert organizers said Thursday. Gomez failed to secure a Russian visa after the government tightened the visa regime for foreign musicians in response to Madonna's and Lady Gaga's decisions to openly support gays during their shows in Russia last year, the organizers told RIA Novosti.

    5. We've gone international!

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Der Spiegel, Germany's most highly-respected newspaper, covered the controversy this morning.

      Selena Gomez: Visumsgrüße aus Russland - SPIEGEL ONLINE

      Moskau/Los Angeles - Zwei Konzerte hatte Selena Gomez in Russland geplant, beide muss sie nun absagen: Die Sängerin bekommt kein russisches Visum. Ihr Konzertveranstalter machte neue Visabestimmungen für ausländische Künstler verantwortlich. Demnach befürchteten die Behörden, Gomez könne sich bei ihren Auftritten in Moskau und St. Petersburg für Schwule und Lesben stark machen.

    6. Huffington Post!

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Huffington Post is covering us. Let's keep up the pressure, folks!

      Is Anti-Gay Law To Blame For Selena Gomez Canceling Russian Performances?

      Pop star Selena Gomez was forced to cancel two concerts in Russia today after government officials denied her visa, reportedly related to stricter transit laws for foreign artists linked to the country's controversial anti-gay legislation. The singer had been slated to perform at St. Petersburg's Ice Palace on Sept.

    7. Our petition is in the Village Voice!

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Keep the pressure up, folks!

      Petition Asks Selena Gomez to Agitate at Russia Concerts; Russia Yanks Her Visa First

      Celebrities putting the screws to the Russian government is becoming a popular tool in the push-back against the country's "homosexual propaganda" law. Actress/Singer/Disney invention Selena Gomez might have added her name to the list of A-list agitators. Gomez had two performances scheduled in Russia next week, and petitioners want her to use the stage to speak up.

    8. We're on Towleroad

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Popular LGBT blog Towleroad is covering the story.

      Russia Denies Selena Gomez a Visa Over Concerns She'll Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Laws

      Pop star Selena Gomez has canceled two concerts in Russia after being denied a visa, the Moscow Times reports: Gomez failed to secure a Russian visa after the government tightened the visa regime for foreign musicians in response to Madonna's and Lady Gaga's decisions to openly support gays during their shows in Russia last year, the organizers told RIA Novosti...

    9. Scared of equality, Russian government yanks Gomez's visa

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Here's the latest news. Incredible!

      Russia Denies Gomez Visa Hours After Petition Launch

      Russia Denies Gomez Visa Hours After Petition Launch Less than a day after I launched a Change.org petition asking pop star Selena Gomez to speak out for LGBT Russians at her upcoming concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russian officials yanked her visa, forcing her to cancel the performances just four days before the first was scheduled to take place.

    10. Reached 10,000 signatures
    11. The Bilerico Project kicks off our press coverage

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      The Bilerico Project, a national LGBT blog, is covering our petition. So awesome -- please keep signing and sharing!!

      http://www.bilerico.com/2013/09/will_selena_gomez_speak_out_for_equality_in_russia.php

    12. Reached 100 signatures

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    • melani iassi ARGENTINA
      • 25 days ago

      porque me encanta sel

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    • Danielle Marie Andrea Baden-Powell AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 4 months ago

      because Equality is very important

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    • Ricky Coleman BEAVERTON, OR
      • 7 months ago

      Rights denied for one are denied for all.

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    • Vicki Anderson SPRINGFIELD, OR
      • 7 months ago

      Every human has a right to sing, dance, be treated with respect dignity and fairly. This is clearly not happening in many places. I will voice my opinion by signing this petition.

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    • Will Schader SAND LAKE, MI
      • 7 months ago

      Bullying is wrong.

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