Despite the extreme pressures on the festival from right extremists, the police, and the cancellation of venues, the sixth annual QueerFest ended on a high note of success.
Russian LGBT festival QueerFest, traditionally a space for celebration, this year resembles a battleground, with each day – a fight for survival.
The International Olympic Committee has added a clause to host city contracts. Starting in 2022, host cities will pledge to adhere to Principle 6 of the Olympic charter.
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“QueerFest”, the queer pride event of Russia, opened in St. Petersburg with a bang. Over 160 people made it, despite the last minute change of venues, attacks by provocateurs, and insults by Russian anti-LGBT activists.
The recently cancelled-but-still-held-anyway World Congress of Families is not the only LGBT-related event happening in Russia. The Russian LGBT community is continuing to gather, including at the 2014 International Queer Festival, or QueerFest.
The Gay Games are kicking off with an estimated 8,000 athletes representing over 50 countries and 48 US states. A number of participants are coming from countries where being LGBT is difficult, if not outright illegal.
A Russian judge stated that the LGBT organization, “Coming Out,” violated the right of “persons with traditional sexual orientation".
Pop sensation Demi Lovato's new music video for "Really Don't Care," released last week, is the ultimate display of support and love for the LGBT community.
The Side by Side LGBT Film Festival launched a fundraising campaign to further promote LGBT and human rights in Russia. Through the Resist to Exist initiative, individuals from around the world have the opportunity to help create change in a country where being LGBT is forbidden and dangerous.