Singer k.d. lang called out Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for refusing to attend Montreal's First World OutGames.
"It's a sad statement that the national leader of a country that's one of the most progressive countries in the world chooses to support intolerance," she said at a news conference.
Many high-ranking public officials will attend the OutGames, making Harper's absence more noticeable.
The prime minister's spokesperson said Harper's absence is nothing personal.
"The prime minister receives hundred of invitations to attend several events at the same time," Dimitri Soudas told The Canadian Press. "He simply can't be everywhere at the same time."
lang headlined at the Outgames' opening ceremonies at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.