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Coming Out LBGT* group has left Russia

20.04.2022

The entire team of Coming Out has left Russia. We were forced to relocate and not disclose the exact location for the safety of employees.

 Heres what our work will look like now.

We will continue to provide psychological and legal assistance, our lawyers will continue to protect the interests of clients in courts and government agencies.

We will continue to hold the meeting of support groups, meetings of the Parent Club and Rainbow Families, consultations for trans people, we will continue to help LGBT people with employment. We will do this online. Two years of the coronavirus pandemic have perfectly prepared us for this.

The only thing we have to give up, besides working offline, is our community center. It was conceived and has always been a safe space for each and every one who came there. Unfortunately, we are no longer sure that we can provide this security, so a few days ago the center was closed.

The good news is that the relocation gave us the opportunity to grow from a regional organization to an international one. We plan to help LGBT people who have already left Russia or are about to do so, as well as Russian-speaking people living abroad. We will definitely tell you how we are going to do that soon.

Also, we admire those initiatives and organizations that continue to work in Russia, and we will continue to support them institutionally and in the legal field.

Aleksandr Voronov, the CEO of Coming Out:

We are a St. Petersburg initiative. We had been working from St. Petersburg for LGBT people from St. Petersburg throughout our history, and never thought to leave. With the outbreak of the war, however, to our great regret, we realized that we could not continue to work in Russia any further, because we could not guarantee the safety of our team if they remained here. For all the same security reasons, increasing repression and censorship, we would have to make a moral compromise, even talking about something on our social networks.

We are not ready to compromise ourselves. We decided to work from abroad to be honest with ourselves and our beneficiaries, and to be able to continue doing what we sincerely believe is important.

We also believe that someday we will be able to return to Russia again, open our doors and meet again personally everyone who is dear to us. In the meantime, we will do everything in our power to bring that day closer."

Well stay in touch,

The team of the Coming Out LGBT group


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