Kate Ryan wrote and sang the official anthem for the 2007 Eurogames, an LGBT sporting event staged in her home country, Belgium. In the next few years, she went on to become a major Europop star, with a Eurovision appearance and sharp cover versions of songs by artists such as Mylène Farmer and France Gall, while continuing to be a public supporter of LGBT rights.
Her popularity in the gay community wobbled a little after she agreed to appear in the Winter Olympics at the Russian resort of Scochi, at a time when that country’s new repression of the LGBT community was much in the news, but she has continued to appear at Gay Pride events, including the Drag Queen Gala at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria in 2014
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s Grammy-nominated Take Me to Church had huge success on both sides of the Atlantic at the end of 2014, and carried with it a strong message against homophobia, both through its attack on Roman Catholic and its hard-hitting video referencing the repression and violence faced by the LGBT community in Russia.
Early in 2015, David LaChapelle’s video of a dance piece by Sergei Polunin using the song also became a viral hit.
I’ve Only Just Begun is a short film from Finland about Venuz Vulgar and his friends on their way to St. Petersburg, Russia, made in the wake of news of further repression of the LGBT community there, with the banning of homosexual propaganda.
The song which accompanies it is the work of two of the main movers behind the project. Elias Koskimies is a successful director in his home country, and Kepa Lehtinen is also known for his work as a composer of film music and as a sound engineer.