A festival Celebrating Russian Voices will include numerous readings and panel discussions targeting the Russia’s Anti-LGBT laws. The festival aims to cover several topics related to the LGBT rights such as sport, performance, LGBT as well as Olympic history and how they relate to the propaganda laws. The festival will take place at the Cooper Union in New York City on January 18th and 19th.
"This is a unique opportunity for artists, athletes and politicians to discuss common core issues that are inherent to each of our fields, to further discourse about Russia’s recent anti-propaganda law in relation to the Olympics, and to prove to Russia that the world is watching them on this issue." —Producing Artistic Director Lauren Keating
The Festival will begin on January 18th in the Rose Auditorium for the first ever presentation of Daria Wilke’s acclaimed 2013 LGBT Young Adult Novel The Jester’s Cap, in a new theatrical adaptation. Following the presentation, at 7pm there will be a presentation on Oleg Mikhailov’s drama Pelmeny as well as Vladimir Nabokov’s seminal work on sport, Breitenstrater-Paolino. On January 19th at 5pm, a presentation of an acclaimed docu-drama SOCHI 2014 will take place, after the reading, Masha Gessen, will make her first appearance since expatriating from Russia.
All proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance
”Spectrum is a leading international organization devoted to human rights advancement on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and former Soviet Union Countries.”
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Providing an opportunity to LGBT individuals to talk about Russia’s anti-LGBT laws is certainly an invitation to a discussion about how we can positively impact the lives of members of the LGBT community in Russia. Since the passing of the “anti-propaganda” law, LGBT individuals are prohibited from speaking out about the LGBT issues. They are denied the act of freedom of expressing who they are whether it is holding a rainbow flag or holding a hand of the person they love.
GLAAD highly encourages you to take a stance and promote equality in Russia. You can join the equality movement by attending the festival. Visiting glaad.org/russia to learn more.