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Selena Gomez Banned From Performing in Russia

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Even though Selena Gomez has never really come out and outright supported LGBTQ causes, her alleged pro-gay rights stance has gotten her blocked from performing in Russia.

Russian officials denied Gomez’s visa for two shows in the country, The Moscow Times reports.

The Russian government, which enacted even stricter homophobic laws recently, has tightened restrictions on foreign musicians entering the country following Madonna and Lady Gaga‘s open pro-gay stances and speeches during their shows. The government accused the Queen and Princess of Pop of promoting “nontraditional sexual relationships.”

Though Gomez has yet to wear a rainbow flag herself, chances are the decision stems from gay rights activist John Becker, who launched a Change.org petition urging Gomez to speak out for gay rights during her concerts.

“This cancellation of Selena Gomez’s visa shows that the Russian government is sensitive and on the defense, and shows that the pressure from people all around the world and the backlash against these laws is strong,” Becker told E! Online. “They’re afraid to have someone like Selena Gomez come in and potentially use her platform to advance LGBT rights.”

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