This panel, sponsored by the University of Michigan, features prominent Russian LGBTQ+ activists, Alla Chikinda
, Ezra Erikson
, Anastasiia Fedorova
, and Lyosha Gorshkov
, in a discussion about the obstacles and future of the Russian LGBTQ+ movement.
From the introduction of the 2013 Gay Propaganda Law, the attempted "Trans Ban" laws to the Family Code in 2020, to continuous waves of torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, members of Russia's LGBTQ+ community have found themselves in increasingly precarious positions in the struggle for the full realization of their human rights. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that the international Russian LGBTQ+ community come together to form a unified front to fight against increasing oppression.
The members of the panel bring vastly different personal experiences of identity formation and Russian LGBTQ+ activism, which will serve to begin a dialogue around the deeply entrenched differences in LGBTQ+ identity and movements between their respective groups. These testimonies and the subsequent discussion will hopefully serve as a bridge to find common ground and move the Russian LGBTQ+ movement forward in a more unified and effective way.