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?
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.
CEO, Gay Alliance Ukraine
Chair of Odessa Pride organizing committee
Director of Regional Affairs, the Russian LGBT Sport Federation
Disability rights activist
Director, Murmansk LGBT group Maximum
New York, USA
Coordinator, RUSA LGBT
Bella Proskurov, Ph.D.
New York, USA
Volunteer, RUSA LGBT