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Anti-Dogma In Philadelphia

Jim Burroway

April 29th, 2009

Each spring, LGBT activists gather from around the world to attend the Equality Forum, which is being held in Philadelphia this year. The annual event consists of a full week of programs and special events highlighting the state of LGBT activism across the globe. It’s an important time for information sharing and networking.

Among those attending this year is Ruslan Porshnev, founder of Russia’s Anti-Dogma Project. He will be on a panel along with former U.S. ambassador Michael Guest, and Polina Savchenko, the International Programs Coordinator of St. Petersburg-based Vykhod (Coming Out). They will talk about the many challenges that the LGBT community faces in Russia.

Longtime LGBT readers may remember Ruslan for providing translations of two online BTB publications into Russian. The first was our parody, The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths. A year later, Anti-Dogma sponsored a translation by Victoria Narizhna of Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children? Ruslan has also been very helpful with providing other translations for BTB.

One remarkable project from an alliance of LGBT activists in Russia is a comprehensive report on the state of LGBT issues in Russia. The report for the first time provides detailed information on the legal status of gay and transgender people in Russia and the forms of discrimination they face. It is a very ambitious project undertaken by the Moscow Helsinki Group and the Russian LGBT Network in 2007-2008.

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Timothy Kincaid
April 29th, 2009 | LINK

Ruslan,

Best wishes for the conference. Your good work is appreciated.

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