To say this story brings about disappointment would be a huge understatement.
One of the members of female Russian music duo, t.A.T.u — who were well known in the early aughts for celebrating inclusion and championing LGBT rights – is making headlines for revealing in a recent interview that her acceptance and support for gay rights has waned in recent years and that she would not accept her son if he were gay.
In response to whether or not she would condemn her son for being in a same sex relationship, Yulia Volkova responded “Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man. God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength male voice, male look. Definitely no, I won’t support a gay son.”
This was after she had told the interviewer that she would support her daughter if she were a lesbian. When called out on the discrepancy, Volkova responded by saying, “This only applies to a daughter, not a son. I think for men, it’s a bad freedom…A man has no right to be a fag. Two girls together — not the same thing as the two men together. It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing.”
Are you shaking your heads? Because we’re shaking our head.
Oh, and it doesn’t stop there. Volkova goes on to insist that despite her statements, she’s “not against gays” and that “being gay is still better than murderers, thieves, or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay is better than the rest.”
Like we said, the word “disappointed” doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel right now.