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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).

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31.01.2018

The Russian LGBT Network confirms that Pavel Stotsko and Evgeny Voytsekhovsky had to leave the Russian Federation because of the pressure and unlawful actions of the Russian law enforcement agencies. Pavel and Evgeniy did not expect such an outcome, and it was real threat to their freedom and security that forced them to leave. 

18.01.2018

On Tuesday, January 16, 2017, the Head of the Chechen Republic, Mr. Ramzan Kadyrov, during the course of his council with the representatives of the Ministry of Domestic Affairs and the representatives of the Administration of the Federal Service of the Troops of the National Guard, made an official statement. He raised questions about the disappearance of Zelimkhan Bakaev, about the work of Human Rights Defenders in the republic, and about the arrest of Oiub Tetiev. During his speech, Kadyrov claimed that it is likely that Bakaev's relatives forced him to return home and "figured it out" themselves. He also said that Bakaev's relatives are now trying to shift responsibility to Kadyrov himself. The Head of the Chechen Republic claimed that he has nothing to do with Zelimkhan's disappearance. 

20.12.2017

Few days ago, the team of the Russian LGBT Network was named as 2017’s Hero of the Year by All Out, one of biggest organizations promoting and supporting human rights of LGBT people all over the world. The team of the Network was chosen as a result of the open competition, thousands of All Out members voted. The Russian LGBT Network was named the Hero of the Year for the evacuating those at risk of violence and persecution in Chechnya because of the mass campaign organized by the local authorities.

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