Intersection of Jewish and Queer Identities in the USSR & Today

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On Wednesday, November 8th, join RUSA and CBST for an evening with professor Galina Zelenina of Russian State University for Humanities in Moscow, scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. This is even will be in Russian with simultaneous translation to English. The treatment of Jews and homosexuals in Soviet and post-Soviet culture have similarities and differences: queer prose …

RUSA is Participating in the First Forum of Immigrants and New Americans from Former Soviet Union Countries

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Everybody, who is interested, please, RSVP, and come! We are going out, meeting with Russian-Speaking communities in NYC. Cooperation is a step to breaking the walls. Here is a text of the invitation: “Our community organizations cordially invite you to attend an evening of celebration and dialogue about the future of immigrants/new Americans from former Soviet countries in New York …

RUSA LGBT is a Part of the “End Global LGBTQ Persecution NOW” Protest!

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RUSA LGBT is a co-sponsor of the “End Global LGBTQ Persecution NOW” Protest, organized by Rise and Resist group. The protest is taking place Sunday, September 10th, at 2 pm! Everybody is welcome to join our common efforts to protect all immigrants! “A Rally in Advance of the 2017 United Nations General Assembly From September 12 – 20, the United Nations …

Queer and Chechen: No Place To Hide

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Saturday, June 24, 2PM CBST, 130 West 30th St, New York Queer and Chechen: No Place To Hide Testimony of Russian LGBT Activists Involved in Chechen Rescue Dozens of men in Russia’s Chechnya region have been held in unlawful detention centers, tortured, and killed as part of a campaign against LGBT people in Chechnya. Russian LGBT organizations, the most vulnerable …

Brighton Beach Pride in Media

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In English: 1) After Fleeing Bias at Home, Gay Russians Say It Persists in Brooklyn 2) Russian LGBTs Holds First Brighton Beach Gay Pride March 3) ‘Make Birobidzhan Gay Again’ Dispatch from the inaugural Brighton Beach Pride Parade in south Brooklyn 4) Activists Hold First Ever Russian Pride Parade in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach 5) New York’s …

Drag Queen Pin: CABARET

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RUSA LGBT would like to invite you to the charming world of cabaret! Songs from famous musicals will be performed by our magnificent divas. Come and enjoy the glorious Moulin Rouge atmosphere, which will be recreated at the Therapy NYC on May 30, 2017. It`s the forth Drag Queen Pin Party organized by RUSA LGBT. Come to visit us, enjoying …

Protest Against Torture and Murders of Gay and Bi Men in Chechnya, Russia

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CALL TO ACTION: Join our protest against torture and murders of gay and bisexual people in Chechnya, Russia Bring pink flowers and protest signs. When: April 22, Saturday, 3pm Where: 9 E 91st St, New York, near the Russian Consulate. RSVP on Facebook: What is happening: Human rights violations on mass scale in Chechnya. Gay and bi men are abducted, …

Russian Queer: Revolution or Devolution?

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Dear friends! We would like to invite you to a Lyosha’s public lecture, organized by Tompkins Square Library (NYPL) in collaboration with RUSA LGBT. RUSSIAN QUEER: REVOLUTION OR DEVOLUTION? The century of persecution, struggle, and broken hopes for Russian LGBTIQ. Living inside the mental and spiritual prison for years during the Soviet times, Russian gays all of a sudden had …

RUSA Readings: The Power of Queer Manifesto

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Dears! How many times you have heard phrases like “LGBTIQ Movement”, “activists”, “Queer fighters”, “Queer Ideology”? And how many of you ever read one of the statements created by LGBTIQ activists? We would like to invite you to join our readings! This time we will discover a few Queer Texts (Manifestos) that have changed the way of imagining the LGBTIQ …

DRAG QUEEN PIN-III: Around the World

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Dears! The third night of DRAG is coming up! We would love to dedicate that show to everyone who has ever been discriminated against, bullied, or treated as a second-class human being. The main concept of the party: AROUND THE WORLD! Hits Across the Globe! Join us, and perform along! April 25, 2017 6.30 pm THERAPY NYC, 348 West 52nd …

Brighton Beach Pride Committee Meeting

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Dear friends! Time has come! Let’s meet and discuss details of the Brighton Beach Pride! We would like to invite each and everyone to become a part of this historical (I must say, epic) step forward! Let’s liberate ourselves! # MAKE BRIGHTON TOLERANT! March 22, 2017 6.30 pm 130 West 30th Street, New York – CBST (Congregation Beit Simchat Torah) …


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RUSA LGBT is continuing its series of the Drag Queen Pin-2017 Contest! We had a lot of fun and enjoyment on March 7, 2017 (Thanks to Clara Zetkin:)) You still have a chance to become a Drag Star! The next event is on April 25 at Therapy!!  

Drag Queen Pin-2017: DISCO

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RUSA LGBT is continuing the Pre-Pride Drag Queen/King Contsest. If you feel that your DRAG personality is coming out of the closet with secret drawers, welcome! Express yourself!! We encourage everybody to participate regardless shame, fear, or embarrassment!! P.S. If you have questions regarding the Drag Contest, please, contact Aleksander ( or Olga (   March 7th 6.30-9.00 pm THERAPY …

Gender Games and Queer Puzzle

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DEARS! Let’s get together and play some games, aimed on the eliminating euphemisms, equivoques, and vivd shame! Let’s name the things their names! Let’s pull together the pieces of the queer puzzle! Let’s have fun, playing ADULT games!! February 22, 2017 6.30 pm 130 West 30th Street, CBST (Congregation Beit Simchat Torah) Дорогие! Давайте соберемся вместе и пограем в игры, …

Welcoming the Stranger-II Has Started

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RUSA LGBT and CBST (Congregation Beit Simchat Torah) have started the second cycle of the “Welcoming the Stranger ” Project. The opening took place on February 15, 2017.   RUSA LGBT и CBST (ЛГБТ-Синагога НЙ) открыли запустили второй цикл проекта “Привечая странника”. Открытие проекта состоялось 15 февраля 2017 г.