RUSA Holds the World Cup Protest, 6/19

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Dear friends! This year Russia holds the World Cup! Despite the multiple protests, FIFA has not issued any statements demanded protection of LGBTIQ individuals, or, should we say, FIFA has nor been more persistent in its politics towards protection its LGBTIQ fans. A couple days ago Russian ultra-right group of so-called Cossacks, had urged that it is going to patrol …

RUSA LGBT is Honored by Letitia James

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On June 11, 2018 RUSA LGBT was honored to be recognized by its friend and ally, Tish James, the NYC Public Advocate for launching the Brighton Beach Pride and its work with refuges, asylum seekers, and immigrants from the countries of the Former Soviet Union. Tish James was only one elected official who had joined RUSA’s first Brighton Beach Pride …

Immigrants from Chechnya Held the Action in Haag and Brussels

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Monday, April 23rd, Haag / Brussels RUSA’ brave friends, the immigrants from Chechnya, had held the action in Haag, Netherlands and Brussels / Belgium. People were protesting in front of the Russian Consulate. The day was picked not by accident as this was a birthday of the missing Chechen singer, Zelim Bakaev. The organizers of the event are friends of Zelim, …

Polish LGBT Movement: Historical and Political Perspectives

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RUSA LGBT will host a meeting with Katarzyna Wojnicka, a gender studies scholar from the University of Leeds, UK. Katarzhyna will talk about LGBTIQ Movement in Poland, and its developing. The information is unique due the over-interest in the Western context, and the lack of knowledge in Eastern European processes. It is more interesting for people with Soviet background, because at …

“Queer Insider: How To Survive Putin’s Russia”

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April 3rd, 2018, Tompkins Square Library will host Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President of RUSA LGBT, “whose life story is featured in the new Masha Gessen’s book “The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,“ which recently has won the National Book Award.” Lyosha will share his personal journey as a “strange” kid growing within the Perestroika and discovering his sexuality during the “liberal honeymoon” …

BRIGHTON BEACH PRIDE – 2018 IS COMING…

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DEAR Friends, Supporters, and Allies! The Second Brighton Beach Pride will take place on MAY 20th! This year we are marching from Polar Bear Club Walk (located by Theme Park at Coney Island) along the Riegelmann – Brighton Boardwalk up to Brighton 15th St. We have extended our route! Yahooo!! We are excited to see you all again! Stay tuned …

Meeting with Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs

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On April 11th, 2018 RUSA LGBT is hosting a meeting with representatives of NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The representatives of MOIA will be delivering a bilingual presentation on MOIA resources for immigrants, including IDNYC. Do not miss it! https://www.facebook.com/events/1427459594048376/   Wednesday, April 11 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Congregation Beit Simchat Torah – CBST 130 W 30th Street, …

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 …

Important changes to the scheduled event: A literary evening with Masha Gessen

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A Message from RUSA LGBT: to the event scheduled on 12/8/2017: Unfortunately, due to illness, Eileen Myles will not be able to participate in the event. The event will feature a brilliant Russian-American writer Masha Gessen, and her National Book Award-winning book The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. If the change in program affects your plans – please …

A Literary Evening with Masha Gessen

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Friday, December 8th 6:30 pm Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art 652 Broadway, Floor 2 New York, NY 10012 Masha Gessen, a Russian-American writer, journalist, activist and the recent winner of the National Book Award, will discuss her prized book The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. A book signing with Masha will follow the event. In addition to the food …