In May she publicly encouraged Ukrainians to embrace the LGBT community.
And on Monday Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala — real name Susana Dzhamaladynova — continued to preach tolerance, signing an open letter from Amnesty International that calls on Kyiv to support and defend the city’s Equality March 2016.
As lgbt.org.ua explains, the letter calls on Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko to get behind the Equality March, which is scheduled for June 12, and ensure the safety of its participants.
It also calls on Klitschko to publicly support the freedom of expression and assembly and to condemn the use of hate speech and incitement of violence.
According to the Equality March Facebook page, the event “is a peaceful human rights demonstration that appears as realization of the freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and expression for LGBT community and stands for drawing attention to the problems faced by LGBT people.”
Jamala’s star has continued to rise since winning Eurovision and her endorsement of the event is significant.
Klitschko desperately wants Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017 and is locked in a battle with rival city Lyiv. With the Eurovision 2016 winner hounding him to get behind LGBT rights, it will be interesting to see if he chooses to do so.
This is not the first time Jamala has spoken up for the LGBT community.
On May 20, ahead of a concert in Lviv, the “1944” singer called for greater tolerance toward sexual minorities during an interview with the BBC.
“A lot of people gay love this competition,” she said. “I want us show respect for different people with different orientations and culture. Despite the fact that we have a war, I want future guests of Eurovision feel safe.”