Some people think I’m just a child, who can’t think for themselves. But I know more than many adults do. People are used to containing themselves within certain frames and they are scared to look out from them. If something doesn’t fit into the frame, then it’s ‘unacceptable’. Continue reading How can I turn someone gay? What can I say?→
Having formed groups based on their sexuality in social networks, teenagers declared a war on each other in reality.
We want to tell you a story.
A story about our children.
The children we don’t really know.
They put it this way themselves: ‘We are invisible. We are not seen. We are not known, but we exist’.
Recently they have declared themselves to the world.
They invented a name for themselves – ‘Children-404’. The name was chosen by the analogy with the internet error 404. “It’s this thing which happens when you surf the web, and the search engine spits it out – the page is not found.”
Thus the country has found out about teenagers with non-traditional orientation.
Straight away a glove was thrown downat them.
– by other kids, who called themselves ‘Children-1488’.
The State Duma introduced a law against not only ‘propaganda’, but also ‘justification of homosexualism’
When that law was not yet in force, nothing stopped people suspected in being of an ‘abnormal’ orientation from being mocked, insulted, fired and killed. I am talking about adults. But LGBT-teenagers are insulted, mocked and pushed away in exactly the same way.And they have nowhere to go for help; sometimes they don’t even have anyone to talk to.
The law, which is concerned with the wellbeing of abstract ‘children’, will hit particular individuals who are struggling enough already. And the society, which is uneducated and unenlightened as it is, will override those teens. It will push them down a dangerous path exactly as it does now. Continue reading The talk that never happened.→
At the end of June Vladimir Putin signed the law of the prohibition of homosexuality among minors in Russia; at the beginning of July he introduced a ban on adoptions of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples. We visited little Kostya and his two moms to find out how Saint Petersburg same-sex couples with children manage nowadays. Continue reading ‘I am Kostya, I have two moms’.→
Elena Racheeva spoke to two teachers, persecuted in schools for not hiding their association with LGBT.
Olga Bahaeva, 24, history and social sciences teacher of Magnitogorsk School №56
It all began with a group in Vkontakte [Russian version of Facebook]. In May ‘Straight alliance for LGBT equality’ posted a news story about persecutions of an LGBT-teacher. I commented on it, saying that I am also LGBT and I work in school. So it all began! In a couple of hours I received a private message in Vkontakte from a user named Valkyrie Repina (according to the Straight alliance it is a username of a man who took part in attacks on LGBT-activists in Saint Petersburg). It stated that I had to immediately resign from my school; otherwise they would ‘break my life’. In ‘The parents of Russia’ society [an aggressive movement against homosexuals], which is administrated by this Valkyrie, appeared a post about me with my personal photos and unpleasant information. More letters followed: ‘Why don’t you respond? Inform me of your decision. If you resign we won’t distribute the information [about her sexuality] further’. Continue reading ‘I don’t know how long I can manage for’.→
Adult children from same-sex families remember their moms and dads.
Can children in same-sex families be happy? How are they perceived by those who surround them? Can a same-sex family bring up a sterling, fully fledged child? Does the sexual orientation of parents influence the tastes of their children? ‘The Paper’ [newspaper’s name] asked children who grew up in non-traditional families – those with two mothers, two fathers and a ‘Swedish family’ – those questions. Continue reading Each family is non-traditional in its own way→