COMING OUT IN RECESS JULY 14 – AUGUST 4, 2014
Dear friends, supporters, colleagues, activists, LGBTQ and their families!
We are on the sixteenth month of inspections, trials, and appeals. In June, a law was passed giving Ministry of Justice power to register NGOs as “foreign agents” against their will. The question now is, what do we do? We know for sure that we will continue to support and advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people. There will be meetings and festivals, psychological and legal support, seminars and rallies. We need to stop and think of the “how.” Recuperate personal strength and organizational resources. Spend some time in silence and listen to ourselves.
In connection with this, we are announcing a three-week recess. After July 14, we will stop communicating and will see you on August 4.
"Coming Out"'s Foreign Agents Saga Continues
Today, July 2, Vasiliostrovsky District Court of St. Petersburg held what we thought was going to be the last hearing of the civil case against “Coming Out”, the prosecution seeking to oblige “Coming Out” to register as a "foreign agent." However, proceedings took a new turn, resulting in the hearings once again being postponed to July 16.
IDAHOT “Rainbow flashmob” 2014
Alternative Report Submitted to UN Human Rights Committee
"Coming Out" and the Russian LGBT Network submitted a joint alternative report devoted to the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Russian Federation (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues) to the UN. The report, prepared by Kseniya Kirichenko, Legal Assistance Program Coordinator (“Coming Out” LGBT Organization) and Director of the Transgender Legal Defense Project (Rainbow Foundation), and Maria Kozlovskaya, Program Manager (Russian LGBT Network), was sent to the UN Human Rights Committee as an additional source of information to the 7th periodical report submitted by Russian Federation (CCPR/C/RUS/7).
Girls attacked on the subway for “wrong appearance”
REPORT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OMBUDSMAN: XENOPHOBIA IN ST. PETERSBURG GROWS
On March 26, the human rights ombudsman in St. Petersburg, Alexander Shishlov, presented in the city’s Legislative Assembly report on its activity in 2013.
Like last year, the report included the cases of discrimination of citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Year of 2013, according to the ombudsman, is marked by the growth of xenophobia overall, and the growth of homophobia and transphobia, expressed in hate crimes, violation of the right to freedom of Assembly, and the right to judicial protection.
"COMING OUT" APPEALS TO ECHR AGAINST TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION
On March 24, 2014, “Coming Out” lodged a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights related to the St. Petersburg law prohibiting “propaganda of transgenderism." The applicant of the complaint. Ruslan Savolainen, was denied the approval to organize a picket in St. Petersburg, dedicated to transgender rights a year ago. The complaint is against the violation of the right to freedom of assembly and discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.
30% of Russian Homosexual Families with Children Live “in the Closet”, 49% Stopped Being Open Recently
In November 2013, “Coming Out” LGBT organization conducted an Internet survey of same-sex families with children. Their anonymity and safety was the highest priority for the researcher, sociologist Alisa Zhabenko. The situation around Russian homosexual community remains tense; not only are same-sex families claimed illegitimate, but they recently have been considered inappropriate for raising children at all.
COURT FOUND NOT GUILTY PARTICIPANTS OF LGBT ACTION AT MARSOVO FIELD
COMING OUT’S TRIAL: FIRST HEARING
March 12 at 3 p.m. Vasileostrovsky district court of St. Petersburg held the first main hearing of the civil case on "foreign agents" brought in action by the Central District of St. Petersburg Prosecutor's Office VS the LGBT organization “Coming Out”.