Now that Elton John is escalating his public support for AIDS health organizations, he’s promising to use his celebrity status to (if need be) get famous world leaders involved. In a new interview with CNBC, the iconic musician said he might eventually approach Queen Elizabeth about changing anti-homosexuality laws in former Commonwealth countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda.
“These laws come from the Commonwealth. These laws can be changed very easily by the queen saying, ‘Change the law.’ I haven’t approached her about that yet,” John said. “If the worst comes to the worst, one has to, yeah. These are old laws from the British Commonwealth, I mean these can be changed. And so the queen could do that with one wave of her hand.”
The rock star also discussed his growing relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two talked over the phone in September after a confusing prank call from comedians, but John remains hopeful for an eventual face-to-face meeting.
“I feel very honored that he wants to see me and he’s put the olive branch out and it’s essential that I do go over there and just put my foot in the water and see what we can do to change the situation for LGBT people in Russia,” John said.
For the full interview, head over to CNBC.