Despite the fact I’m only seventeen, I’ve always been seriously concerned about equality problems in my country. There’s no denying the fact that Russia is well-known for having one of the most homophobic governments all over the world. Everyone has had probably heard about the gay-propaganda law, that was signed by Vladimir Putin on 30 June 2013 for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values. Pretty freaked, yeah?
I cannot lie – living with that kind of political system is really hard and tough. But I still believe in a brighter future all of the Russians can achieve together anyway.
Not many people are being possessed of these facts, but about 15 years ago, the situation inside of a country differed slightly. Have you ever heard about the girl-duo t.A.T.u.? Neither did I. Until I accidentally came across a music video on YouTube of two girls kissing each other. The things appeared in my mind were something like: “Wait, aren’t they Russians? Then why girls kissing each other? And why do they sing in English? And why do they have more than 100M views on YT?!”. No lying, I felt curious. That was about 2 AM in the morning, so, basically, in next three hours, I’ve been looking forward to finding out everything about the band through all of the internet until the sun raised in my window.
It was surprising enough for me to find out, that two teenage girls who were born and raised in Moscow, not only achieved huge commercial success worldwide, selling over 8M copies of their debut album but also spread the idea, that the same-sex love is OK. And their songs — oh God, their songs! The music, the lyrics, the atmosphere — everything is perfect! The tracks on their debut work might help some of us to understand, how hard it is for someone who is gay. Losing your mind and head in “All The Things She Said”, getting away from all over the world that doesn’t accept your sexuality in “Not Gonna Get Us” or uncontrolled need for expressing your feelings in “Show Me Love” — all of the songs perfectly depict the condition of a gay teenager raising in a homophobic society.