Lyosha Gorshkov at Thomson Reuters Panel: Launching #OpenlyNews

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On September 27th, Co-President RUSA LGBT, Lyosha Gorshkov was invited to attend a Thomson Reuters’s panel discussion on the media’s role in reporting on LGBT+ issues, which is part of our event to mark the New York launch of Openly, a global platform for impartial LGBT+ news. Lyosha was one of the key speakers along with other activists. Some quotes from …

Supporting Queer Individuals in Uzbekistan FlashMob

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RUSA LGBT, Rainbow America and Voices4_ invite you to join an international flash mob to support LGBTIQ people in Uzbeksitan! Uzbekistan is one of the post-Soviet countries, where same-sex relationships are still criminalized and punishable by the Penal Code Last December, a gay couple, both partners are 20-year old, was arrested and tortured by the police in Uzbekistan for “illegal …

Justice for Zelim Bakaev – Rally!

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A year ago, Zelim Bakaev (a Chechen singer) has disappeared in Chechnya while visiting his sister’s wedding. That was a beginning of the third wave of anti-LGBTIQ purges taken place in Chechnya. Since then, there have been a lot of rumors concerning Zelim’s disappearance, including Ramzan Kadyrov’s (The Head of Chechnya Republic) statement that Zelim was killed by his own …

Russian-Speaking LGBTIQ Community Is Under Homophobic Attack

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Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President at RUSA LGBT has been threatened with his life and bodily harm after contradicting racist remarks coming from Malka Shahar during the life TV appearance on July 13th. After that, Lyosha started receiving hate comments and messages from Malka’s followers, as well as herself personally. Malka has produced multiple posts accusing Lyosha in witch hunting.   Here …

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 …

Voices4_ and RUSA LGBT’s Action on Chechnya, April 28th

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MONDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VOICES4 TO STAGE A DEMONSTRATION TO DEMANDING ACTION AROUND THE QUEER PURGES IN CHECHNYA ONE YEAR AFTER NEWS OF THE VIOLENCE BROKE. NEW YORK —Voices4, a non-violent and direct action advocacy group, will stage a demonstration Saturday, April 28 th , at 12PM, in Columbus Circle. We will highlight the inaction of the international …

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, …