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31.01.2018

On March 15, the Russian LGBT Network received unconfirmed evidences suggesting a massive campaign against the LGBT community in Chechnya.  On March 29, we opened the hotline [email protected], which operates around the clock. Due to the enormous support of the organizations and individuals all around the world, we were able to save 106 people from Chechnya and to help 88 of them to leave the country. In 2018, detentions and torture of homosexual people in Chechnya continue.  People in trouble still contacting us, and we are doing our best to help them. Now, we ran out of the funds needed to keep on evacuating. 

20.12.2017

Across Europe and Central Asia, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are regularly denied the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association and democratic participation. Hate speech is prevalent, in the media and propagated by politicians. Meanwhile censorship and impunity for frequent acts of violence against LGBT people enable an environment in which LGBT people are marginalized and silenced, preventing them from speaking up against hatred.

15.12.2017

The European Court of Human Rights has communicated several complaints of LGBT activists who suffered from the homophobic attacks in May and June 2012 and in October and January 2013, all of the attacks as one case. The court raised questions whether the local authorities respected their obligation to prevent the ill-treatment of the applicants and whether the applicants were discriminated because of their sexual orientation. The court also asked questions whether the authorities provided for the applicants the freedom for a peaceful assembly and whether they did everything necessary to prevent the violence of homophobic adversaries of the activists.

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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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