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08.12.2017

On December 5, the Prosecutor's Office of Tomsk sent a request to attend the Prosecutor’s Office to the head of the Russian LGBT Network’s regional. This so-called "invitation" was issued because of the movie screening of "Matt Shepard: My Friend" hosted by the Network's Regional Division in Tomsk. 

22.11.2017

Last month the form for the ‘certificate on sex change’, created by the Russian Ministry of Health, was released to the public to elicit response and discussion. Maxim Zavertyaev of the "Komaev and Partners" Bar Association, and lawyer for “Transformation”, the Transgender Association of Russia, explains the fundamental flaws of the proposed form, and the measures for improvement that need to be taken.

12.11.2017

Last month, renowned fitness trainer Alexander Bodymaster was crowned overall champion at the International Bodybuilding Competition for FtM! The competition was held in Atlanta from the 5th to the 7th October, as part of the annual TransFitnessConference. We met with Alexander and talked about what this victory means to him, and about transgender people in sports.

 

09.11.2017

In July 2017, a transgender woman approached the Civil Registry Office of Omsk with a statement regarding the change of sex from ‘male’ to ‘female’ in her birth certificate, and subsequent changes to her surname, name and patronym. In the statement, it was noted that the woman had been aware from a young age that she was not a man, and had been diagnosed by Omsk Regional Hospital with ‘transsexualism’. More so, since September 2016, the woman had been on hormone replacement therapy.

30.10.2017

From the 20-24th October 2017, two consecutive events took place in Waldschlösschen, Germany, each lasting two days. Attended by Russian LGBT Network psychologist, Maria Sabunaeva , the first was a congregation of russian-speaking German LGBT families with children. The second was an event developing connections between the LGBT organisation ‘Quarteera’ (meaning ‘Apartment’), and other German organisations working with russian-speaking people (organisations for refugees, religious organisations, youth organisations and German LGBT organisations to name a few).

18.10.2017

On October 16, an important event took place - a press conference devoted to the persecution of LGBT in Chechnya. Maxim Lapunov, the first gay person who opened as a victim of these persecutions, described the tortures and humiliations in Chechen prison. The story immediately received wide publicity: unfortunately, streams of homophobic hatred flowed into Maxim's direction, but he still shows unbelievable courage. Now Maxim needs support more than ever - that's why we encourage you to join the flash mob #MaximLapunovImWithYou 

11.10.2017

The Russian LGBT Network and ADC Memorial have submitted a joint report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. The report includes sections on ethnic, gender, and religious discrimination, as well as discrimination based on human health conditions and SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity).

10.10.2017

The Russian LGBT Network confirms that persecutions of LGBT people in the Chechen Republic continue to this day despite the fact that this crime against humanity received wide coverage and attracted a lot of attention all over the world. By date, the Russian LGBT Network recorded testimonies confirming at least three waves of mass prosecution and persecution of men based on their (alleged) sexual orientation/gender identity. 

09.10.2017

On September 23-24th 2017, a conference was held in Moscow titled ‘Family Therapy in the Modern Field’, during which a psychologist of the Russian LGBT Network, Maria Subanayeva, conducted a workshop, ‘Working with LGBT+ clients’, for her colleagues.

 

18.09.2017

At the end of August, the coalition of Russian LGBT organisations submitted a report on the LGBT situation in Russia, to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). The report details topics such as discrimination in the workplace, hate crimes targeting certain sexual orientations and gender identities, discrimination against transgender individuals, and the lack of HIV prevention programs in gay and transgender communities. The report was prepared by a coalition of five Russian non-governmental organisations, namely Russian LGBT Network, LGBT Group “Coming Out”, the Transgender Legal Defense Project, NGO “Phoenix Plus”, and the Moscow LGBT-Initiative group “Stimul”.

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