Homophobic attack on a pair of young women in October 2014 resulted in police opening a criminal case

In the beginning of May 2015 Department of Inquiry of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moskovskiy district has began a criminal case based on Criminal codex 116 Article 1 "Battery" in relation of persons unknown, who have attacked two young women during the night of 19 to 20 of October 2014. According to the victims, the attack took place due to the homophobic hatred and included verbal abuse and threats


St. Petersburgs IDAHO became a true celebration of solidarity and pride

Over 350 people celebrated IDAHO today in the center of St. Petersburg on Marsovo Pole, this event becoming the largest LGBT rally as of today in Russia. Representatives of Coming Out, the Russian LGBT Network, Side by Side LGBT festival, the Youth Human Rights Group, and the Center for Development of Democracy and Human Rights spoke of the importance of solidarity within civil society, support of vulnerable groups, and the growing strength of the LGBT movement in our common struggle for peace and human rights in Russia


"Love thinks of no evil": May 17, Rainbow Flashmob in St. Petersburg

Once again we come together for love and peace, city and country without violence and cruelty. May 17. The field of Mars. 12pm.

On May 17th, 2015 in St. Petersburg the traditional for our city "rainbow flashmob" campaign in support of LGBT rights will take place. It is dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.


LGBT activist VS deputy Milonov's assistant: two petitions filed to the law enforcement agencies

An activist filed two petitions for administrative charges to be brought against Anatoly Artyukh for his actions during a picketing protest that had been organized by supporters of the LGBT on April 17, 2015 on the "Day of Silence". The administrative charges against deputy Milonov's assistant and the leader of Narodniy Sobor ("People's Council") can be brought on the grounds of "obstruction of organising and holding meetings" and "discrimination".


Video about LGBT in Russia watched in 73 countries

"We can break the silence" was the key message of the video by "Coming Out", launched on the International Day of Silence on 17th April 2015.  During the 4 days it was viewed by 5000  internet users from 73 countries, with the majority of the audience being in Russia.


On Jan. 12, Coming Out LGBT group filed a lawsuit to the Kirovsky District Court of St. Petersburg on behalf of the teacher who was fired from her teaching position in the end of last year.

The lawsuit demands to reinstate the teacher at school, to pay the wages lost due to the forced absence, and to compensate her for emotional damages. It claims that the dismissal was unwarranted and illegal, and, being motivated by discrimination, caused the young woman serious anguish. A multitude of honorary diplomas and awards for her achievements in teaching are attached.



On October 28, Coming Out LGBT Group sent a letter concerning homophobic attack on a lesbian couple a week ago, was sent to the St. Petersburg Ombudsman. The activists asked to ensure a comprehensive investigation of the incident. Besides, the survivors themselves complained about the inaction of the police to the District Prosecutors office.

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