Russian LGBT Network
What we do now?
Develop a direct dialogue with the authorities, political parties, human rights and civic activists
Hold nationwide information campaigns
Help unite and organize LGBT people in the regions of Russia
Provide LGBT people with psychological and legal support, regardless of their place of residence and other discriminating factors
Help the parents and friends of LGBT
Conduct research on the socio-legal status of LGBT people in Russia
Provide international organizations, which control Russia’s observance of its international human rights obligations (UN, the Council of Europe, OSCE), with alternative reports on the situation of LGBT people in the country.
Hold round table discussions, seminars, conferences, trainings etc.
Publish informational, educational and methodological materials
Provide professional assistance with strategic legal cases
Provide the LGBT community with distant informational, psychological and legal support
Hold nationwide trainings for leaders of the LGBT-movement
And a lot more...
What have we achieved?
We have helped create LGBT groups and organizations in 20 different regions of Russia
We have established regular and direct contact with the Human Rights Commissioner of Russia, members of the Presidential Council for human rights, as well as various ministries and other authorities of the Russian Federation
We got the leading Russian human rights organizations to acknowledge the need to protect the rights of the LGBT community
We had Measures against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity included in the recommendations for the Russian Federation (UN Human Rights Committee, 2009; CEDAW, 2010, etc);
We have gained the support of major international organizations, such as the UN and the Council of Europe
National networks of lawyers and psychologists have been created to provide LGBT people with various forms of support, including face-to-face and distant consultations
We have a hotline that is available in all parts of the country
Thanks to our work, a lot of LGBT people in Russia have found the courage to come out and be who they are
We have helped to draw public attention to the issues of homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
We are recognized by the leading human rights organizations
We have our own office and staff
At this point in time the Russian LGBT Network has regional devisions in 16 regions of the Russian Federation.