It’s not all autographing poppers bottles and screaming “gay rights!” on camera for vocal LGBTQ ally Charli XCX.
At a recent concert in Moscow, the British-born pop singer took a moment to thank her queer fans from the stage. Leading up to her performance of “Shake It,” she told the audience she was “very grateful” to her Russian fans for “showing love, showing support, and coming down to the show” in their “magical,” colorful getups.
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“To feel included in the [LGBTQ] community as an ally is really powerful,” she continued. “I love the LGBTQ community so much because they fucking keep my career alive.”
Charli XCX also noted her string of recent collabs with out-and-proud artists, including Aussie actor and singer Troye Sivan (“2099”, “1999”), queer French singer Christine of Christine and the Queens (“Gone”), and Brazilian singer and drag performer Pabllo Vittar (“Flash Pose”).
“The [support of the LGBTQ] community means a lot to me,” Charli XCX added onstage. “Let me just tell you that.”
The moment was especially meaningful to Russian fans because of the country’s infamously harsh laws and cultural attitudes deeming homosexuality taboo. Gay Russians have been forced into hiding or pushed to flee the country’s borders due to persecution because of their sexual orientations.
And despite claims to the contrary, Russian President Vladimir Putin is notoriously anti-LGBTQ: As NewNowNext has reported, his administration only agreed to formally investigate the numerous claims of torture and blatant human rights abuses against LGBTQ people in the Chechen Republic when the international backlash grew too loud to ignore.
Putin has since denied the allegations of torture, and Chechnya’s “gay purge” is reportedly ongoing.