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Amnesty condemns Russia’s Supreme Court’s ‘extremist’ label for LGBTQ+ groups, effectively outlawing the LGBTQ+ movement

Graham Robson December 1, 2023

In response to yesterdays’ ruling by Russiaā€™s Supreme Court which designates the ā€œinternational public LGBT movementā€ extremist and effectively outlaws any public activity related to LGBTQ+ issues, Marie Struthers, Amnesty Internationalā€™s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, said: ā€œThis shameful and absurd decision represents a new front in the Russian authoritiesā€™ campaign against the LGBTQ+ […]

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Film

QUEENDOM special Q&A screening hosted by Emma Corrin with director, Agniia Galdanova

Graham Robson November 20, 2023

London-based documentary film company Dogwoof has announced that Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Emma Corrin will be hosting a special screening of QUEENDOM, with a Q&A set to follow with director Agniia Galdanova, at the ICA on Wednesday, November 29, ahead of the UK cinema release on Friday, December 1. Tickets have just gone […]

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Film

QUEENDOM: New documentary follows Gena Marvin, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, who wants to change peopleā€™s perception of queerness in Russia

Graham Robson November 13, 2023

Agniia Galdanovaā€™s beautiful and atmospheric documentary QUEENDOM, from documentary film company DogwoofĀ , will be released in UK cinemas and On Demand from December 1. The documentary follows Gena Marvin (she/her, non-binary), a queer artist from a small town in Russia who dresses in otherworldly costumes made from junk and tape and protests the government on […]

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Transgender News

Russiaā€™s ā€˜abominableā€™ new legislation against transgender people will inflict ā€˜unbearable sufferingā€™

Graham Robson July 15, 2023

The State Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian parliament) has adopted a package of amendments to the Family Code and several federal laws aimed at imposing a ban on legal gender recognition and gender-affirmative interventions.Ā 

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International News

Photos released after community centre that has become a lifeline for LGBTQ+ Ukrainians is broken into and vandalised

Graham Robson June 16, 2023

Since February 2022, Insight, a feminist organisation that provides medical care, legal aid, and psychosocial services to queer community members, has housed hundreds of people in three emergency shelters and distributed more than 25,000 emergency aid parcels.

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International News

Move to ban LGBTQ+ characters from film and TV in Russia will “increase homophobia”, say Amnesty International

Graham Robson January 21, 2023

Amnesty International has warned that a likely move by Russiaā€™s media regulator to ban films and television series with LGBTQ+ characters will further stigmatise LGBTQ+ people in the country.

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International News

Russian court upholds lengthy prison sentences for Chechen LGBTQ+ siblings

Graham Robson October 26, 2022

Amnesty International has responded to news that a Russian court has upheld lengthy prison sentences for Chechen LGBTQ+ siblings Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev – who, Amnesty say, had been “falsely accused of aiding illegal armed groupsā€.

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Arts

FIREBIRD filmmakers, Peeter Rebane and Tom Prior, launch campaign to publish memoirs of the real Sergey Fetisov

Graham Robson October 14, 2022

The creative team behind FIREBIRD, 2022ā€™s hit indie LGBTQ+ romance drama, announce Kickstarter campaign to release the never-before-seen English language translation of Firebird: The Story of Roman, the memoir by Sergey Fetisov that inspired the film.

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International News

Russia considering doubling fines for exposing children to ‘LGBT propaganda’

Graham Robson September 1, 2022

Russia is considering doubling fines for exposing children to what it calls ‘LGBT propaganda’ and making any event or act seen as promoting homosexuality an administrative offence, the text of proposed new legislation made public on Wednesday, August 31 showed.

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