Madonna introduces Pussy Riot at Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn

Madonna introduced Russian protest-punk band Pussy Riot at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert in Brooklyn, praising the band’s courage and conviction for standing up for LGBT rights in Russia.

Madge spoke of her own experience performing in Russia: being told to “tone down” her show (she didn’t), being sued for millions of dollars for her show being “pro-gay,” seeing 87 audience members arrested during her concert for behavior that was “too gay.”

And she spoke about members of Pussy Riot being imprisoned for staging a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin inside a Moscow cathedral.

Watch the queen of pop’s introduction below: