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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. 

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20.05.2016

On May 17, the world celebrates International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. On this day in 1990, the World Health Organization excluded homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.  Since 17 May 2009, Russia has held the Rainbow flashmob when colourful balloons are released into the sky. Out Loud tells how and where the actions took place in Russia.

03.09.2015

In summer 2015 a new theatre project began in St. Petersburg – Beautiful Friends. A team of creatively minded people are staging a performance about silence, love and HIV. It will be a physical performance, with absolutely no dialogue, symbolising the silence which society is struck by when confronted by issues ranging from the LGBT community to HIV. The creators of the project, however, have something to say, and they are not going to remain silent. This is where the idea for the performance came from, and very soon audience members in St. Petersburg, with other cities in Russia and abroad to follow, will be able to see the outcome of this very contemporary project.

20.07.2015

The Russian LGBT Network publish thecomments on the 2014 Annual Report of the Ombudsperson of the Russian Federation. Among other things, in this Report Ella Pamfilova mentioned that “there are no mass violations of the rights of LGBT”. The comments were presented to Ella Pamfilova in the end of May (together with Discrimination Monitoring Report of the Russian LGBT Network). 

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