Despite all the difficulties and received threats, the queer festival “Chernomorye-2016” have been successfully held in Krasnodar Krai on July 9 and 10. More than 40 people from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Anapa and various cities of Krasnodar Krai participated in the festival.


On July 7, 2016 LGBT activist Violetta Grudina from Murmansk filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. In her complaint, Grudina indicates that the authorities did not conduct a thorough and timely investigation of a homophobic attack on the community center with two people inside it. The complaint also states that the authorities ignored substantial evidences pointing to the fact that it was a hate crime. 


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.


The Russian LGBT Network is deeply shocked by the events that happened in Orlando on June 12, 2016, by the events that caused death of 49 people and serious injuries of more than 50 people. The Russian LGBT Network express the deepest condolences to all friends and relatives of victims and survivors, and to all the population of the United States of America. We grieve together with you.


Presentation of the report on human rights violations and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Russia took place in Moscow on May 24. The report is based on the data of the monitoring program implemented by the Russian LGBT Network in nine regions of the country. In 2015, only Russian LGBT Network registered 284 cases of violence and discrimination.


To sum up results of the 2nd LGBT festival «Siberian Athens», the Russian LGBT Sport Federation exposes the growing pressure on LGBT community and their problems to enjoy their right to do sport in 2016. It is already a second case in less than six months where venues have disrupted LGBT sport events. Last time the Russian LGBT Sport Federation faced such a significant administrative pressure during the Russian Open Games (Moscow, 2014).


Today Central District Court of Barnaul has issued the decision regarding Elena Klimova and “Children-404” project. The court rejected to consider the group “Vkontakte" case. Probably, because there is already the decision that this group is to be blocked. However, according to the today’s decision, the website of the project “Children-404” should be blocked.


On March 31, the judge of the Leninsky district court of Murmansk Olga Lobanova upheld the decision of the Magistrates court regarding the head of the LGBT initiative group “Maximum” Sergey Alekseenko. It means that Alexeenko has to pay fine of 100 000 rubles (approximately 1 300 Euro) for the violation of the “propaganda law”. 


More than a year, transgender woman Alice fights for the righto see her son. Her ex-wife claims that Alice’s transgenderness negatively affects the child despite the fact that she herself had stayed with Alice 4 years after the correctional surgery. However, Alice do not give up hope to participate in her child’s upbringing. 


In March, the school for LGBT activists organized by the Russian LGBT Network took place in Moscow. More than 50 people from different regions of Russia participated in the seminars and trainings, shared experience and learned something new.