We are happy to welcome new members of the Russian LGBT Network

Two initiative groups became the collective members of the Russian LGBT Network recently – “Human – to Human” and "Queer-Peace". The initiative group “Human – to Human” emerged three years ago as a group of psychological support for transgender and gender non-conforming people. The initiative group "Queer-Peace” was created in August 2015 to support representatives of the LGBTIQ community with disabilities.

"Becoming member of the Russian LGBT Network is very important step in the institutional development of our project, which will be only a year in August. Thanks to our work, the problems of LGBTIQ people with disabilities became visible at the biggest LGBT events in Russia, such as annual Forum for LGBT activists, Week of Equality, and St. Petersburg Forum for LGBT activists. I am delighted to be part of a team ready to work in order to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with disabilities and help them solve problems, which they face every day.

Most of our team has an experience of life under the double stigma, and know what it means to be a stranger for the LGBT community, and for the community of people with disabilities. We are sure that cooperation with the Network will help us to raise these important issues in Russia"- the leader of the initiative group “Queer-Peace” Kirill Fedorov.

The initiative group "Human – to Human" was created three years ago as a group of psychological support for transgender and gender non-conforming people. During this time, the group outgrew exclusively psychological help; however, psychological support and research are the main areas of work.

“We believe that our work will help to improve the quality of life of T-people and other representatives of LGB community. We understand that in our circumstances it is necessary to educate and inform public, and especially – young scientists and students on issues of gender and sexuality. We decided to join the Network, because being really small initiative, we have experienced great difficulties without help and support of skilled, educated activists and serious organization.  We hope that our cooperation will be really productive and useful for all of us.