Madonna has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) new "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirt campaign in support of Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The Queen of Pop penned a poignant email to HRC members, a copy of which can be found on the advocacy group's official website. She writes:
Even with the 2014 Sochi Olympics just a few months away, fair-minded Russians are facing fines, harassment, and violence at the hand of thugs.
At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we as advocates have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global.
Noting that the goal of Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" laws is "to leave LGBT Russians feeling isolated," Madonna adds, "Together, we can send a message to LGBT Russians that the world is on their side, and that those who seek to support them aren’t alone in this fundamental fight for fairness."
"It’s time for love to conquer hate everywhere, for everyone," she concludes. "I hope you’ll stand with me in this fight."
You can read Madonna's email in full here. The photo above shows Madonna wearing the T-shirt and accompanied the email.
It isn't the first time that the Material Girl, 55, has spoken out in defense of Russia's LGBT residents. During a St. Petersburg show on her MDNA World Tour, she urged fans to "show your love and appreciation to the gay community." She then added, "We want to fight for the right to be free," Reuters reported at the time.