In 2013, Russia enacted harsh anti-LGBTQ laws banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” and blocking same-sex couples from adopting children.
Since these laws were put into place, there has been an uptick in violent attacks on LGBTQ people according to Human Rights Watch. LGBTQ Russians have been murdered, pelted with eggs, blinded in air gun attacks and gay clubs and venues are under constant threat. Police often turn a blind eye and even when prosecutions occur, the penalties can be light and prosecutors are reluctant to use hate crime statutes against perpetrators of anti-LGBTQ violence. Since the passage of the propaganda law, at least three people have been fined for expressing support for LGBTQ equality and dozens of others have been detained, investigated or threatened.
The following report details the severe impact that last year’s anti-LGBTQ laws have had and continue to have on the Russian LGBTQ community and its allies.