Transgender Russian woman, who took her own life after being fired, is honored in Red Square

Life was getting better for Dasha Shtern, a transgender Russian woman. Dasha had just been approved for a mortgage to buy her own home and was looking forward to traveling when she took her own life after being fired from her job due to Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

But when Shtern’s bosses feared continuing to employ her would break ‘gay propaganda laws’, she lost everything. Fired, she could not afford the payments on her car or mortgage. She killed herself on Wednesday (16 October). Top lawyer and trans rights activist Masha Bast described the sudden passing of Shtern was ‘shocking’ to her friends. ‘Vladimir Putin has created a system where there is no place for trans people, no place for people who are different,’ she said. ‘Dasha is a victim of Putin’s laws, and she is a victim of the indifference in Russian society.’

Activists held a "Day of Remembrance" in Moscow's Red Square in honor of Dasha.

The organizers said, that originally the event was planned outside the building of the Plenipotentiary representative of the Sverdlovsk region in Moscow, but the character and scale of the tragedy led them to the walls of the Kremlin. The activists lit the candles and laid the  flowers to the portrait of Dasha Stern near Kremlin. has the heartbreaking story.