As he gets ready to celebrate his 60th birthday, Sir Elton John has called on people the world over to take a stand against homophobic bigots.
The openly gay singer, who ‘married’ partner David Furnish on the first day of same-sex unions in the UK, the singer urges peopleThe ‘Candle in the Wind’ singer, in the New Statesman, insists that people need to stand up against homophobia. "We should all stand up and speak out for... basic human rights," the BBC quoted him, as saying.
Sir Elton, who wed Canadian director David Furnish in a civil partnership on December 21, 2005, said that though he had been ecstatic when they wed, he still realised that there were countries around the world where people like him would be prosecuted if they admitted that they were gay.
"And I wanted everyone to know, I wanted to shout about it. In some countries, my voice would have been drowned out. Maybe even stamped out," he said. "Men and women are persecuted and attacked every day all over the world, just because of who they love and who they make love to," Sir Elton added.
Writing in the New Statesman's "It Could Have Been Me" column, published in association with Amnesty International, the singer said that though his had been a prominent voice for equality for homosexual people, the fight needed ‘more voices’.
"My voice has served me pretty well over the years; I hope maybe it can do him some good too. But we need more voices," he said.