Homophobia in Russia

CompanyPanos Pictures/ Scanpix
PhotographerMads Nissen/ Panos Pictures/ Scanpix
PrizePress / Feature Story
Entry Description

Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is becoming more and more difficult in Russia as sexual minorities are facing legal and social discrimination, harassment and even violent ‘hate crime’ attacks from religious and neo-nazi groups. In June 2013, Russia’s homophobia moved from the streets into the country’s legislation as the State Duma unanimously adopted an anti-gay law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations", effectively making it illegal to hold any gay pride events, speak in defense of gay rights, or say that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships. Captions: Picture 1: Kirill Fedorov, age 21, is bleeding from his face after national-conservative extremists have surrounded, beaten and kicked on him and and his friends attending a Gay Pride Rally in St. Petersburg. Picture 2: The intimate night club Central Station is one of few havens for LGT-people in St. Petersburg. Picture 3: Dmitry Chizhevskiy, age 27, had his left eye permanently destroyed by homophobes on November 3rd 2013 when three armed men entered into a private meeting for homosexuals in St. Petersburg. Picture 4: Ekaterina Alekseeva, age 21, appears in court after being arrested at a Gay Pride Rally on June 29th 2013. The rally was declared illegal under the law banning 'propaganda for non- traditional sexual relations' and Ekaterina Alekseeva must now face the consequences. Picture 5: Yaroslav Yevtushenko (left) embraces his boyfriend Dmitry Chunosov at St. Petersburg's registry office where the couple, as an act of protest, attempts to officially register their marriage. As gay marriage is not acknowledged in Russia their submission was promptly rejected by the authorities.