Russia: Has Putin Messed With Verka Serduchka?

The noose that Vladimir Putin is tying around the necks of Russia’s LGBT population has had us feeling sick for weeks. Now we’re feeling even sicker. Russian news sources are reporting that Andrij Danylko, the drag queen known as Verka Serduchka, has lost a lucrative contract to appear on Russian variety “Saturday Night.” Producers are reportedly worried that Verka will be “advertising for non-traditional sexual relationships.” Color us disgusted.

Verka, who placed second at Eurovision in 2007 for Ukraine, is the latest Eurovision star to feel the chill of Putin’s hateful laws. Marcin Mrozinski recently pulled out of a concert in the country in protest of anti-gay legislation that has led to a rise in anti-gay violence. Besides denying Russia’s gay population the right to a normal life, the Russian regime is now denying Russia’s straight population the right to an entertaining Saturday evening. #yourlossputin.

The team from stands in solidary with Verka and all of our gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning and transgender brothers and sisters in Russia. Forget Putin. Let’s celebrate Verka’s second-place finish by reprising “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”!

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Photo: Verka Serduchka