Despite all the difficulties and received threats, the queer festival “Chernomorye-2016” have been successfully held in Krasnodar Krai on July 9 and 10. More than 40 people from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Anapa and various cities of Krasnodar Krai participated in the festival.


On July 7, 2016 LGBT activist Violetta Grudina from Murmansk filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. In her complaint, Grudina indicates that the authorities did not conduct a thorough and timely investigation of a homophobic attack on the community center with two people inside it. The complaint also states that the authorities ignored substantial evidences pointing to the fact that it was a hate crime. 


Two initiative groups became the collective members of the Russian LGBT Network recently – “Human – to Human” and "Queer-Peace". The initiative group “Human – to Human” emerged three years ago as a group of psychological support for transgender and gender non-conforming people. The initiative group "Queer-Peace” was created in August 2015 to support representatives of the LGBTIQ community with disabilities.



The Russian LGBT Network is deeply shocked by the events that happened in Orlando on June 12, 2016, by the events that caused death of 49 people and serious injuries of more than 50 people. The Russian LGBT Network express the deepest condolences to all friends and relatives of victims and survivors, and to all the population of the United States of America. We grieve together with you.


On May 17, the world celebrates International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. On this day in 1990, the World Health Organization excluded homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.  Since 17 May 2009, Russia has held the Rainbow flashmob when colourful balloons are released into the sky. Out Loud tells how and where the actions took place in Russia.


In summer 2015 a new theatre project began in St. Petersburg – Beautiful Friends. A team of creatively minded people are staging a performance about silence, love and HIV. It will be a physical performance, with absolutely no dialogue, symbolising the silence which society is struck by when confronted by issues ranging from the LGBT community to HIV. The creators of the project, however, have something to say, and they are not going to remain silent. This is where the idea for the performance came from, and very soon audience members in St. Petersburg, with other cities in Russia and abroad to follow, will be able to see the outcome of this very contemporary project.