Intro: At age 5, Artem Kolesov, the son of two Russian pastors living outside Moscow, realized he was gay, but it took another 18 years before he had the courage to come out to his family, friends and, ultimately, the world.
As of 2011, Russia had no criminal law directed at LGBT people. However that changed in 2013 when the Russian duma passed –and Putin signed–a deliberate discriminatory law against any public advocacy of gay rights or equality. Since that legalization of homophobia LGBT advocates have faced increased hostility and violence–and death. There is a LGBT community network but it operates mostly indoors and online, out of public scrutiny, although a peaceful small Pride rally was held in July 2014 in a field some distance from central St. Petersburg. As one activist said, “the courageous became more courageous, the closeted became more closeted. However the latter are much more than the first.” The future for Russian LGBT progress is dim.
LGBT nights are easy to find and Grindr reaches into the heart of the Kremlin itself. But two years after the law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’, can being gay in the Russian capital really be much fun? By Chris Michael, Judith Soal and Maeve Shearlaw The Guardian 13 June 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/13/gay-putin-moscow-life-nightlife-clubbing-law-lgbt “Moscow is like a small
Gay City News October 2, 2013. By Doug Ireland Nikolai Baev, 38, (photo right) is a veteran Russian gay activist born and raised in Moscow. He founded the first gay group in the city of Novosibirsk when he was a university student there, and is one of the original organizers of the efforts to stage
Introduction Gay Russia is a vast subject with a short modern history. Life is not easy for LGBT Russians and most prefer to remain in quiet safe closets. But three LGBT organizations are challenging the old traditions and attitudes. It is not easy or always safe but the challenge is great and their determination is
Fifth attempt to challenge Mayor’s Pride ban in central Moscow this Saturday 29 May Posted by Richard Ammon GllobalGayz.com Moscow 27 May 2010 The fifth attempt to hold a Moscow Pride parade was launched today in the Grand Ballroom at the Lesnaya Holiday Inn hotel in Moscow. Nikolai Alekseev, the Moscow Pride organizer (photo right),
Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com I recently traveled to Russia where I visited three cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tula. Tula? It’s hardly a tourist hotspot, but this industrial city 120 miles south of Moscow is the location of a world renown site that has become a shrine of sorts for intellectuals, students and lovers of Russian
Westhampton, MA – October 15, 2009 Richard Ammon –GlobalGayz.com Didja read this one!? Goes to show how schizoid homophobia can be–and how dangerous it is in the hands of irrational public authorities. From (AFP) in the Times of London, October 15, 2009 A statue of the American poet and gay icon Walt Whitman was unveiled
Introduction: The following two stories about LGBT folks in Russia are by guest writers who have been to the major gay cities in Russia–Moscow and St. Petersburg. My own experience of Russia last year was far away in Siberia via the Trans-Siberian railroad from Beijing to Ekaterinburg then back to Vladivostok. The cities along the
Intro: Want to go to Russia without the throngs of airports, the dense huddles of Moscow or sandwiched in a package cruise up the Gulf of Finland to Petersburg? Try the back road from Lappeenranta, Finland, through forty miles of wilderness to Vyborg, Russia. The route is a peaceful journey amid beautiful lakes and forests with hardly a sound and no masses of traffic. This unique trip is by way of the remarkably engineered and little known (outside of Finland) Saimaa shipping canal.
Moscow is the capital of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the world. Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world. The population as of January 2010 was 10,562,099. Since the
The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums of the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3
Moscow has some of the most elegant Metro subway stations of any country, ranging from modernistic art deco interior designs to more ornate baroque-looking walls to huge stained-glass walls. This gallery displays a few of the many styles. During the morning rush hour of March 29, 2010 two suicide bombings were carried out, about 40
Gay Russia is a vast subject with a short modern history. Life is not easy for LGBT Russians and most prefer to remain in quiet safe closets. But three LGBT organizations (see story) are challenging the old traditions and attitudes. It is not easy or always safe but the challenge is great and their determination
The three famous cemeteries portrayed here contain the remains of Russia’s most notable artists, politicians, military leaders, elite class members and the Czars–including the reburial of the last Czar, Nicholas and his family who were assasinated in 1918 and finally reburied in St Petersburg in 1991. More inspiring are the sites of the great artists
Yasnaya Polyana was the home of the writer Leo Tolstoy, where he was born, wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and is buried. Tolstoy called Yasnaya Polyana his "inaccessible literary stronghold,". It is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of Tula, Russia and 200 kilometers (130 miles) from Moscow. In 1921 the estate formally became