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20.12.2017

Across Europe and Central Asia, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are regularly denied the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association and democratic participation. Hate speech is prevalent, in the media and propagated by politicians. Meanwhile censorship and impunity for frequent acts of violence against LGBT people enable an environment in which LGBT people are marginalized and silenced, preventing them from speaking up against hatred.

20.12.2017

Few days ago, the team of the Russian LGBT Network was named as 2017’s Hero of the Year by All Out, one of biggest organizations promoting and supporting human rights of LGBT people all over the world. The team of the Network was chosen as a result of the open competition, thousands of All Out members voted. The Russian LGBT Network was named the Hero of the Year for the evacuating those at risk of violence and persecution in Chechnya because of the mass campaign organized by the local authorities.

15.12.2017

The European Court of Human Rights has communicated several complaints of LGBT activists who suffered from the homophobic attacks in May and June 2012 and in October and January 2013, all of the attacks as one case. The court raised questions whether the local authorities respected their obligation to prevent the ill-treatment of the applicants and whether the applicants were discriminated because of their sexual orientation. The court also asked questions whether the authorities provided for the applicants the freedom for a peaceful assembly and whether they did everything necessary to prevent the violence of homophobic adversaries of the activists.

08.12.2017

On December 5, the Prosecutor's Office of Tomsk sent a request to attend the Prosecutor’s Office to the head of the Russian LGBT Network’s regional. This so-called "invitation" was issued because of the movie screening of "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" hosted by the Network's Regional Division in Tomsk. 

29.11.2017

A round of seminars geared towards the discussion of LGBT and Trade Union Movement solidarity in the context of the project ‘Schools with trade unions’ concluded on the 28-29th October. Activists took part in two training sessions, the first - ‘Aspects of gender within communication’ - was led by Maria​ ​Sabunayeva​ (director of psychological services of the Russian LGBT Network), and the second topic, devoted to the topic of collaborative effort, was led by Evgeniy​ ​Pavlovsky​.

22.11.2017

Last month the form for the ‘certificate on sex change’, created by the Russian Ministry of Health, was released to the public to elicit response and discussion. Maxim Zavertyaev of the "Komaev and Partners" Bar Association, and lawyer for “Transformation”, the Transgender Association of Russia, explains the fundamental flaws of the proposed form, and the measures for improvement that need to be taken.

12.11.2017

Last month, renowned fitness trainer Alexander Bodymaster was crowned overall champion at the International Bodybuilding Competition for FtM! The competition was held in Atlanta from the 5th to the 7th October, as part of the annual TransFitnessConference. We met with Alexander and talked about what this victory means to him, and about transgender people in sports.

 

09.11.2017

In July 2017, a transgender woman approached the Civil Registry Office of Omsk with a statement regarding the change of sex from ‘male’ to ‘female’ in her birth certificate, and subsequent changes to her surname, name and patronym. In the statement, it was noted that the woman had been aware from a young age that she was not a man, and had been diagnosed by Omsk Regional Hospital with ‘transsexualism’. More so, since September 2016, the woman had been on hormone replacement therapy.

30.10.2017

From the 20-24th October 2017, two consecutive events took place in Waldschlösschen, Germany, each lasting two days. Attended by Russian LGBT Network psychologist, Maria Sabunaeva , the first was a congregation of russian-speaking German LGBT families with children. The second was an event developing connections between the LGBT organisation ‘Quarteera’ (meaning ‘Apartment’), and other German organisations working with russian-speaking people (organisations for refugees, religious organisations, youth organisations and German LGBT organisations to name a few).

18.10.2017

On October 16, an important event took place - a press conference devoted to the persecution of LGBT in Chechnya. Maxim Lapunov, the first gay person who opened as a victim of these persecutions, described the tortures and humiliations in Chechen prison. The story immediately received wide publicity: unfortunately, streams of homophobic hatred flowed into Maxim's direction, but he still shows unbelievable courage. Now Maxim needs support more than ever - that's why we encourage you to join the flash mob #MaximLapunovImWithYou 

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