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Russian Summit Brings LGBT Advocates Together

Jim Burroway

February 9th, 2008

LGBT Advocates from fifteen regions across Russia met on January 25-26 to launch a nationwide campaign to monitor discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. That monitoring was planned to launch on February 1. Advocates also discussed medium-term strategies for bringing together an all-Russia convocation of activists and civic organizations. Ruslan Porshnev, of the Antidogma Project was there and said that he was encouraged to see not just LGBT people there, but allies as well:

The fact that LGBT issues, according to MHG Executive Director Nina Tagankina , are starting to lose their “untouchable” label among Russian human rights activists, gives hope for weakening of homonegative attitudes among Russians. For me personally this meeting was a breakthrough in some ideological sense. I hope that the positive impulse participants got on the meeting will be realized in certain projects for our mutual good.

Ruslan provided the Russian translation of our parody, “The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing the Myths.” You can read more about him and the Antidogma Project and the current climate in Russia in his guest post from last July.

The Russian LGBT Network clearly has its work cut out for them. The Russian online news portal Kommersant recently reported on a Levada-Center poll from last December which found that 84% of Russians consider homosexuality “unacceptable” and only 3% found it “quite acceptable.” That’s a serious deterioration from 2006, when only 47% condemned gays and lesbians.



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