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The talk that never happened.

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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.

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‘I am Kostya, I have two moms’.

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Kostya

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’.

‘I don’t know how long I can manage for’.

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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’.

Children – ‘404’

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‘Good day. I want to thank you for “The pervert state,” your material. I changed my mind about killing myself. Everyone told me that I am abnormal, a freak. I wanted to go. I had no more strength. So lonely, there was nobody around who would understand. But I realised that I am in fact normal. Thank you’.

We started writing to each other.

‘Interview? I am afraid. If it is found out – that’s the end… Let’s talk later’.

‘Ok’.

Three days later we talked over the phone. Continue reading Children – ‘404’

Children-404.

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Hello,

This is a blog dedicated to LGBT teenagers in Russia. Now, when the new homophobic laws have been put in force, children and teenagers are the most vulnerable part of Russia’s LGBT community, as the purpose of the law is to ‘protect minors from propaganda of homosexualism’. Russian politicians pretend that LGBT children and teenagers do not exist, making them virtually invisible – children 404, an error, those who are not found. Continue reading Children-404.