Jan Ola Sand and Sietse Bakker, the executive supervisor and event supervisor of the Eurvision Song Contest, have issued a statement expressing their support for Eurovision’s vast LGBT fan base. “Intolerance towards the LGBT community is a growing concern amongst Eurovision Song Contest fans,” they write. “We hear you, and we share your concern.”
They were writing in response to an open letter published by Eurovision Ireland, which spelled out how Russia’s anti-gay laws stand at odds with the values of the Eurovision Song Contest. Sand and Bakker make it clear that Eurovision is not a platform on which to boss foreign governments around. But they hint strongly that they would continue to support the gay community, even if Eurovision went to Russia in 2015.
“[Eurovision] is one of the most powerful tools in Europe to bring people together, no matter their cultural background, the color of their skin or their sexual orientation,” they write. “That belief is one of the values we will never let go of, wherever we go.”
You can read the full text of the letter below.
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