September 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Cher declines to perform at Olympics
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Cher this week denounced Russia’s anti-gay laws. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

MALIBU, Calif.—Cher said she turned down a request to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, over the country’s law that bans gay propaganda to minors.

“It was hard in one way to say ‘no,’ but in another way it’s a no-brainer,” she told Reuters earlier this week. “You can’t do it. Your heart doesn’t let you go there.”

Cher, whose son Chaz Bono is transgender, is the latest celebrity to speak out against Russia’s gay propaganda ban.

Andy Cohen told E! News last month he turned down a request to co-host the 2013 Miss Universe pageant that will take place in Moscow in November, in part, because “he didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.” Gay actor Wentworth Miller declined an invitation to attend this month’s St. Petersburg International Film Festival as its “guest of honor” in a letter to festival organizers in which he came out.

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