Elton John: Stop Violence Against Gays!

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In an AIDS charity concert in Kiev, Ukraine on June 30, singer Elton John emotionally appealed to the people to stop attacking gay persons.

John said during the gig, which was part of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, that he visits Ukraine so often he considers it his ôsecond home.ö He added that he has been recently reading about violence against gay persons.

"Beating up gay people is wrong. This for me does not symbolize Ukraineà I plead with you: Stop the violence against gay peopleö the British singer/songwriter added.

Just days before the Euro 2012 soccer tournament started, a gay pride parade was cancelled due to violence to members of LGBT community. Two prominent gay activists have been beaten up by anti-gay thugs in the past two months in Kiev.

Elton John, who is in a civil partnership with director/producer David Furnish, is well-known for regularly upholding gay and lesbian rights.