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Drag Race star Courtney Act releases music video for ‘To Russia with Love’

In order to lend support to LGBT people in Russia and also to promote the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 (premiering Feb 24!), RPDR starlet Courtney Act has released a new music video for her song “To Russia with Love.”

The Australian Idol alumna and Aussie queen has had a pretty steady singing career since 2003. She’s currently in the middle of launching herself into the mainstream in North America and is using her newfound limelight to help the queer community in Russia.

The video, which features plenty of boy-on-boy kissing in the snow, as well as some marching Russian guards, also takes the opportunity to back Uprising of Love, an organization dedicated to supporting and raising awareness about LGBT people in Russia.

While Act never specifically calls out Putin in the video, she does encourage patience and empathy, saying, “Russia is a very different place than what we in the West are familiar with. We cannot apply our own values and judgments to the country. We need to have greater compassion and understanding and recognize that our similarities are greater than our differences.”