Homophobia in the Heartland
As international media attention to the plight of LGBT Russians has waned, advocates have found themselves stretched thin trying to support embattled community members while responding to declining visibility and police intimidation. From ongoing violence against transgender Russians to attacks on private clubs and homes, support organizations like Avers have struggled to create stopgaps for the deteriorating conditions plaguing the Russian LGBT community. A Coda Story report highlights the difficulties the community faces in attempts to organize and resist both ongoing state persecution and everyday threats that burden life in Russia’s hyper-conservative heartland.
“Gay clubbing and stoic activism in Russia’s homophobic heartland” (Coda Story, via The Guardian)
Russian LGBT Network
(Image Credit: Zuma/Rex Features, via The Guardian)