LGBT ORGANIZATIONS Coalition’s Statement
From February, 26 to March, 2 the first Russian Open LGBT games were held in Moscow. 330 athletes from 11 countries participated in this event, organized by the Federation of LGBT sport with the support of the Russian coalition of LGBT organizations. From the very first day the organizers and the participants encountered attempts to disrupt the Games. They faced pressure from the police forces, the Federal Migration Service and the Moscow authorities.
HATE MOTIVE DISREGARDED ; CASE SUSPENDED
Homophobia was not considered as an aggravating circumstance in the case of the attack on Dmitry Chizhevsky . A refusal to reclassify the offense from "an act of hooliganism" to "a hate crime motivated by hatred against the LGBT social group" was received from the investigator O. A. Novgorodtseva . Judge E.V. Nikitin concluded that the denial of that reclassification "can not cause any threat to the constitutional rights and freedoms of the parties of the criminal trial".
WE ARE AGAINST MILITARY INTERVENTION OF RUSSIA IN UKRAINE
LGBT Organization “Coming Out” shares values of peace and non-violence. Military intervention in another state approved a couple of days ago by the Council of the Federation cannot be considered as peace-keeping activity. If one country sends armed people to kill people in another country – this kind of action has always been called “war”.
Traditional Week against homophobia and transphobia in this year coincided with the first in Russia Outdoor games and sports: competitions for LGBT people. The results of Games the organizers will publicize later, but for now we want to tell about those events, which conducted Coming Out in the all-Russian LGBT-active week lasting from the end of February to beginning of March.
PETITION OF THE PARENT CLUB AND PARENT MOVEMENT IN REGARDS TO THE INITIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS OF ELENA KLIMOVA
The law to ban so-called “propaganda of homosexuality” among minors, calling to not allow the damage to the health of children and adolescents, can soon cause the opposite effect.
Journalist from Nizhniy Tagil, Elena Klimova, who is administrating the group support on the social media, is being accused of activities aimed at the assertion of the “attractiveness of non-traditional sexual relations.”
Brief History of LGBT in Russia, XX Century - Now in English
The 38 pages booklet was published as part of the 5th annual International Queer Festival 2013 in St. Petersburg, and is written by art historian and member of Moscow feminist Group Nadia Plungian. It is devoted to LGBT history in Russia and the Soviet Union - from medicalization and social isolation to the development of subcultures and the fight for political rights.
Words of Greetings and Support from Our Dutch Friends
Today's Detention of LGBT Activists in St. Petersburg
As reported earlier, four LGBT activists, including one pregnant woman, were detained today in St. Petersburg, taking photos with a banner in a scenic location in St. Petersburg, Strelka of Vasilyevsky Ostrov, with Neva River and the Hermitage in the background, facing nothing but a solid wall in front of them. The banner, quoting the Olympic Charter “any form of discrimination is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement” (in Russian) was intended for a later action in a different location, with the goal to inform the Russian public about the non-discrimination language of the Olympic Movement. In the meanwhile, activists were enjoying a small photo-shoot to make sure that if later detained, they would at least have some photographs for private use.
RUSSIA WAS DECRIED FOR THE HOMOPHOBIC ILL-TREATMENT OF CHILDREN
Yesterday, February 5th, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) released the Concluding observations on the implementation by the Russian Federation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Committee agreed that there are violations of rights of children based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Statement in support of Lena Klimova