Surviving Endangered

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Some of us live with the threat of violence all the time. For others of us, the massacre in Orlando served as a reminder of what it used to feel like, to be a target. Still others had never felt in danger until the news from Florida came. For LGBTQI activists in post-Soviet states, safety and security are daily concerns. How do they live, work, and even thrive in those conditions? What can we learn from this experience? What can we learn from the experience of asylum seekers, people who have fled danger for uncertainty? And what do we celebrate this month, when we are in shock and grief?

Panel Discussion
with LGBTQI activists from Ukraine and Russia
Moderated by Masha Gessen

Thursday, June 23

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
‎130 West 30th St, New York

The panel is organized by CBST and RUSA LGBT.
Free and open to the public.
In Russian. The event will be interpreted into English.

Masha Gessen is a writer, a celebrated Russian and American journalist and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. She is the author of seven books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and, most recently, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy.


Anna Leonova
Kyiv, Ukraine
CEO, Gay Alliance Ukraine
Chair of Odessa Pride organizing committee

Julia Grinvish
Moscow, Russia
Director of Regional Affairs, the Russian LGBT Sport Federation
Disability rights activist

Sergey Alexeenko
Murmansk, Russia
Director, Murmansk LGBT group Maximum

Lyosha Gorshkov
New York, USA
Coordinator, RUSA LGBT
Asylum seeker

Bella Proskurov, Ph.D.
New York, USA
Clinical Psychologist
Volunteer, RUSA LGBT

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