KISS IN: STOP QUEER Purges in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan

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WE STAND AGAINST ANTI-LGBTIQ CRIMES IN UZBEKISTAN, AZERBAIJAN, and TAJIKISTAN Hate crimes against LGBTIQ people in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan have reached its critical point. Appealing to “traditional” values the governments of those republics exercise its authority, rounding up, detaining, assaulting, and physically abusing LGBTIQ people. In some cases, police enforcements have started registering LGBTIQ people, blackmailing, and torturing detainees …

Urgent: Russian Gay Couple under Attack from the State

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Two brave gay men, Evgeny Voitsekhovsky and Pavel Stotsko, are currently under attack by the police in Moscow, Russia. A few days ago, Evgeny and Pavel, who got married in Denmark, upon their return to Russia received an official stamp of registration of their marriage in their Russian passports. It was done in accordance with the Russian family law, without …

Queers and Fears: Russia Then and Now

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We are thrilled to announce that Hudson Park Library (NYPL) hosts Lyosha Gorshkov’s series of lectures: Lyosha Gorshkov is Co-President at RUSA LGBT (Russian-Speaking American LGBTQ Association). He holds a PhD in Political Science. Lyosha is a former Political Science Professor at Perm State University in Russia. His field of research is Queer and Gender Studies. In July 2014, after …

RUSA and VOICE’s VIGIL for Zelim

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On January 16th, the Head of the Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in a meeting with law enforcement in Chechnya, hinted that Zelimkhan Bakaev, 25-year old singer, who has been missing since August 8, 2017, was likely murdered by his family in an honor killing. Kadyrov blamed Zelim’s relatives, saying Zelim’s family had internal conflict about his sexuality that led …

FREE ALI FERUZ Action

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🚨PROTEST🚨 Join @voices4_ this Tuesday (1/9/18) at 1 pm outside the Russian Consulate to demand freedom for #AliFeruz, a queer journalist currently detained in Russia. This protest will take place at the same exact time as a demonstration in Germany, where Ali has already been granted a visa. We demand that the Russian Government let Ali go to Germany instead of …

Rally and March – Voices 4 Checnhya

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A group of young NYC activists, the Voices 4 Chechnya initiative, in collaboration with RUSA LGBT is organizing a March  to support LGBTIQ people persecuted in Republic of Chechnya, Russia. Mission: “Voices 4 Chechnya believes that non-violent, direct action activism is integral to the fight for human dignity and equality for all. And everyone, no matter who they are or …

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 …

RUSA LGBT Receives a Proclamation of Honor for Brighton Beach Pride

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On June 21, 2017 RUSA LGBT team received a Proclamation of Honor for organizing Brighton Beach Pride from the City Council of New York. The Proclamation was initiated by City Council member Daniel Dromm, a friend and supporter of RUSA LGBT. We are honored to be recognized for all achievements we have distinguished for the last 9 years! Big HURRAH!!!   …

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 …

Meeting with Eliana Rubashkyn

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Dear friends! RUSA LGBT invites you to join a skype conversation with an incredible person – Eliana Rubashkyn! Eliana is a Russian-Colombian, lives in New Zealand. Eliana is a trans-intersex woman, chemist, pharmacist and gender activist. We are thrilled to have Eliana as a speaker and a friend! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliana_Rubashkyn June 7, 2017 6.30 pm 130 West 30th Street, New York, …

Russian LGBT Activists at NYC Pride

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Dear friends, RUSA LGBT is working to invite LGBT activists from Russia to NYC Pride. We want to strengthen their activism and introduce them to some of the U.S. LGBT organizations and we also want the activists to have a vacation. Russian LGBT organizations spearheaded the evacuation efforts to help Chechen LGBT survivors. They were helping Chechen torture victims during …

Brighton Beach Pride in Media

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In English: 1) After Fleeing Bias at Home, Gay Russians Say It Persists in Brooklyn https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/21/nyregion/bias-gay-russians-brooklyn.html?_r=1 2) Russian LGBTs Holds First Brighton Beach Gay Pride March http://outbuzz.com/brighton-beach-pride-2017 3) ‘Make Birobidzhan Gay Again’ Dispatch from the inaugural Brighton Beach Pride Parade in south Brooklyn http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/235029/inaugural-brighton-beach-lgbt-pride-parade-in-south-brooklyn 4) Activists Hold First Ever Russian Pride Parade in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach http://www.gettyimages.com/event/activists-hold-first-ever-russian-pride-parade-in-brooklyns-brighton-beach-700052179#participants-of-the-russianspeaking-lgbt-pride-march-pose-for-on-picture-id686101568 5) New York’s …

Brighton Beach Posters

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Yesterday we finished drawing handmade signs and today we finished designing the posters for print. Take a look at this set of posters! We hope you will find one that you’ll like to carry at the Brighton Beach Pride! More info here: Saturday, May 20th – Brighton Beach Pride. Please donate to help us pay for the Pride: . Thank …

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/207359996419910/ 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 …

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) …