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 …

“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” …

АРСИ Выпустила Брошюру “Интерсекс Люди: Вопросы и Ответы”

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Ассоциация Российских Интерсекс Людей (АРСИ), основателем которой является интерсекс-активист Александр Берёзкин, выпустила первую брошюру “Интерсекс Люди: Вопросы и Ответы”. Проблематика интерсекс идентичности – достаточно актуальна и остра в среде ЛГБТ сообщества. Вокруг данного вопросы возникает множество недопониманий и мистификаций, связанных с длительной историей патологизации и медикализации интерсекс людей. Информация, представленная в брошюре, – крайне важна для понимания и преодоления предрассудков …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

CBST Hosted a Conference Call on Chechnya

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On May 11, 2017 CBST in collaboration with RUSA LGBT hosted the conference call regarding persecution of LGBTIQ people in Chechen republic of Russia. “Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum facilitated a conversation with presenter Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President of RUSA LGBT, from New York City.” To listen, click on: https://cbst.org/content/chechnyan-persecution-lgbtq-people   20 мая 2017 CBST  совместно с RUSA LGBT провели телефонную конференцию, посвященную …

May 1st Rally In St.Petersburg, Russia. Igor Kochetkov (left), the chairperson of the Russian LGBT Network is detained. Image By фонтанка.ру

Russian LGBT Activists and Board Member of the Russian LGBT Network Detained

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Friends – today several LGBTQ activists were detained in St. Petersburg, Russia during a May 1st Rally. They were detained for raising rainbow flags and chanting “Kadyrov to The Hague”. One of the detained activists is Igor Kochetkov, the former chairperson of the Russian LGBT Network and current Board member (updated). Russian LGBT Network is the only Russian organization that …