Citing passage of recently approved laws which discriminate against LGBT people, singer Lady Gaga has joined other celebrities – including Stephen Fry and George Takei – calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held next year in Sochi, Russia.

The laws, signed in recent weeks by Russian President Vladimir Putin, prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting Russian-born children and the public promotion of gay rights where minors might be present, effectively banning Gay Pride marches and similar demonstrations. Russian officials have said that its “gay propaganda” law would be in effect at Sochi and that athletes or guests who violate the law will be detained.

“I care so much about theses issues and I don't think we should be bringing any commerce to a country which enforces such a lack of equality and a lack of human rights,” Lady Gaga told UK tabloid The Sun. “A country where so much abuse of youth is happening, how can we bring so much attention to that part of the world and reward them for that?”

“For me it's shocking, [but] then again everyone thinks Miley Cyrus is shocking and that's the world we live in ...”