On the 27th of May, Viktor Babkin held a single picket in Omsk. He rallied in the city-center with a poster, saying “Homosexuality is not Immoral, Homophobia is Immoral”. The day Babkin chose was not coincidental. On the 27th of May in 1993 Russian authorities decriminalized homosexuality. In the Soviet Penal Code voluntarily engagement in same-sex relations was prosecuted under the article number 121. With his protest, Babkin aimed to attract attention to the problematic position of the LGBT citizens in Russia and to show his solidarity with the LGBT community.


Today, on May 25, 2017, a man came to the office of the Russian LGBT network, who called himself the representative of the Investigation Committee. The man did not introduce himself. According to the guard of the building, the representative of the IC said that he was looking for a specific person, but did not specify who exactly he was interested in.


May 17 is a day that tells us about silence. In particular, it tell us that silence can be deadly dangerous. It's a day that reminds us that it is deadly dangerous to agree with the silence that the homophobic part of our society forces us to engage with.They suggest that we should sit at home and remain invisible. That we should sit at home, that we should pretend that we are the same as they are. Pretend that we share their cowardice, their conformity, their facelessness. But we say no to that! We value our individuality and our freedom. We do not agree to hide it.



"At the end of the first day participants gathered around the campfire with a guitar. Around 11 pm there was an armed attack on the camp. From 5 to 8 people, armed with sticks, started hitting the windows of the participants’ cars left near the tents. Several people were subjected to physical violence and got serious injuries. All these actions were accompanied by homophobic insults".


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.


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.