21 Mar, 2012 LGBT Lifestyle
World famous Ukrainian gay dance group that has taken Europe by storm, appeared with Madonna in her new Girls Gone Wild video, set for release on March 20.
Poise, elegance, and high heels aren’t typically words associated with men. But Kazaky, a Ukrainian sensation that debuted in 2010, is anything but typical. Slutting in sky-high stilettos, these gay men show the best display of dancing in stiletto heels since Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (which they cover, by the way). Besides rebelling against gender norms, Kazaky’s fame continues to grow because of their distinctive choreography by group founder Oleg Zhezhel, danceable songs, and showmanship.
Artur Gasparian, Oleg Zhezhel, Kyryll Fedorenko and Francesco Borgato (who replaced Stas Pavlov last fall) compose this Ukrainian all male dancing group whose popularity has evolved worldwide, particularly after their viral video for “Love,” a track that has also debuted as the track for the new Viktor & Rolf fragrance, “Spicebomb.” In February, dancer @HelloJonte tweeted that Kazaky may be making an appearance in an Madonna video. They were there, but somewhat under-exposed in the dance routines.
Kazaky are more notable for their dramatic techno beats, tiny outfits and dance moves than for their singing. As the European studs make their mark on North America, you can’t help but wonder if their next appearance will be within Lady Gaga’s social circle, given their frequent appearance at Gay Pride events around the world.
By the way, Madonna will “speak up” at her upcoming St. Petersburg show in support of Russia’s gay community, following a ban on gay propaganda imposed by the city authorities.
“I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community, to support the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed.” a post on Madonna’s Facebook page reads. “I don’t run away from adversity. I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”
St. Petersburg’s Governor Georgy Poltavchenko on Sunday approved a law penalizing “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors.” The law effectively outlaws any Gay Pride events.
Gay rights activists say Poltavchenko and city lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who initiated the bill “violated the fundamental rights of LGBT people to freedom of expression, the right on which all democratic and free societies are based.”
St. Petersburg activists have sent letters to governments of the United States, European Union countries, Australia and Canada asking them to ban entry for city officials behind the controversial ban. Activist Nikolai Alexeyev has also filed a one-million-ruble (over $30,000) defamation lawsuit against Milonov.
The law, passed in the third and final reading by the city’s Legislative Assembly in late February, imposes fines of up to $16,000 on individuals and up to $160,000 on legal entities for the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors. It follows similar legislation in the southern Astrakhan region and the central Ryazan and Kostroma regions.
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