An anti-gay rights activist shows a badge during a flash mob organized by gay rights protesters in St. Petersburg May 17, Earlier this week, Roskomnadzor, Russia's federal agency responsible for overseeing online and media content, took steps to shutter ParniPlus, a website raising awareness about the exploding HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men.
A recent demonstration at the Russian embassy in London protested the reported crackdown on L. I could enumerate my reasons, which were similar both times: the stories came from the Russian media, which is unreliable even in the independent media outlets, reporting standards are often lax ; the stories described awful, nearly unthinkable violence that came so neatly, so horrifyingly packaged, that it defied belief. I have known violence to be insidious, messy, trivialized by all participants, even as it happens, and these stories seemed to paint the exact opposite picture.
Although same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults in private was decriminalized in homosexuality is disapproved of by most Russians, and same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are ineligible for the legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. There are currently no laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in Russia. Transgender people are allowed to change their legal gender following sex reassignment surgeryhowever, there are currently no laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression and recent laws could discriminate against transgender residents.
Jump to navigation. Young people discovering their sexuality have been denied access to information or acceptance in the five years since the so-called gay propaganda law was passed. Barney Cullum reports from Saint Petersburg.
Scared to death? And it took me quite some time to figure out what it was and how to deal with it. Am I going to have kids?
He explained that he grew up in a Pentecostal Christian family in rural Russia, that both his parents were pastors, and that he had just come out as gay on YouTube. Kolesov sent a link to the YouTube video — which he uploaded a day after his birthday — and said he hoped that it might at least help one child. It detailed the years he spent praying that God would take his homosexuality away, the depression he suffered, the five attempts to kill himself, and his reasons for speaking out now.
But, realistically, growing up gay in Russia has always been tough. In the eyes of others, we are mistakes. Even straight people risk their lives standing up for the rights of LGBT people. When I told my Mum I was bisexual she said she hates gay people.
Accompanied by his father, Neverov eventually discovered he was called — and subsequently detained — because of images he had saved to a photo album on the Russian social media platform Vkontakte. Then on Aug. Neverov said he deleted the images from his account after he was detained.