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RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

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Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Are you religious? If so do you have a religious community in RUSSIAN FEDERATION? How have they reacted to your sexual orientation or gender orientation?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I am not out at my religious community

I am not out at my religious community (33%) I am out, and the community tries to change me against my will (16%) I am out, and the community condemns me (16%) I am out, and I have no problems in my religious community (33%) I do not have a religious community, but I want one (0 %)

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in RUSSIAN FEDERATION...
Alan (user currently living in RUSSIAN FEDERATION) posted for gay readers on 03/04/2010 tagged with at the work place, teaching lgbt rights in schools, gender identity, human rights
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I'm Alan...I'm gay... And I'm Lecturer of Politics in the classical university, located in one of the heterosexist region of Russia. Within six years I study queer-identity in political and social context of various contries with different mental and authentic features... On December, 2009 I defended my candidate thesis on the topic “Institutionalization of the minorities in public policy”... I guess, this step is shock factor for our conservative academic community, 'cause a lot of my collegues have a mass stereotypes about gay-discourse, which they cultivate among students... For example, mostly popular - homosexuals are minority, which should not stick out the essence, remaining in a underground. Nevertheless, I represent the my students alternative values and stories about real gay life!! I feel that young people are held down by sanctimonious morals... and I feel that fetters of idiocy and hatred are closed all more strongly under pressure of separate representatives of elite everyday... I try to be an optimist and to impart of students rules of tolerance by means of such lectures as Evolution of gueer-identity: retrospective and reality... Transformation of the attitude in respect of sexual minority as a political problem of modern Russian society etc. They are interested... they reflect about it... but, I think that russian's conformism is stronger than mind... It's sad... But I trust in humanism...
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Alan (user currently living in RUSSIAN FEDERATION) posted for gay readers on 03/04/2010 tagged with at the work place, teaching lgbt rights in schools, gender identity, human rights
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Hi!
I'm Alan...I'm gay... And I'm Lecturer of Politics in the classical university, located in one of the heterosexist region of Russia. Within six years I study queer-identity in political and social context of various contries with different mental and authentic features... On December, 2009 I defended my candidate thesis on the topic “Institutionalization of the minorities in public policy”... I guess, this step is shock factor for our conservative academic community, 'cause a lot of my collegues have a mass stereotypes about gay-discourse, which they cultivate among students... For example, mostly popular - homosexuals are minority, which should not stick out the essence, remaining in a underground. Nevertheless, I represent the my students alternative values and stories about real gay life!! I feel that young people are held down by sanctimonious morals... and I feel that fetters of idiocy and hatred are closed all more strongly under pressure of separate representatives of elite everyday... I try to be an optimist and to impart of students rules of tolerance by means of such lectures as Evolution of gueer-identity: retrospective and reality... Transformation of the attitude in respect of sexual minority as a political problem of modern Russian society etc. They are interested... they reflect about it... but, I think that russian's conformism is stronger than mind... It's sad... But I trust in humanism...
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ansel (user currently living in CHINA) posted for gay readers on 27/04/2010 tagged with illegality of male to male relationships
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Hi, Alan

It's really nice to see you are working for the better days to come of the LGBT community.It's hard sometimes I feel to be a minority, and the sense of being forlorn in a deserted place is just overwhelming for me.
I am a Chinese college student by now, and I do not know any of gay friends in real life, and I guess the situation here in China is somewhat like that in Russia. I hope one day I can do something to change that. But, well, sometimes I do seem to break down as a result of the feeling that I am all by myself and fighting alone. I do not know who I can trust and pour my heart to though I indeed have some good straight friends to whom I came out. And I guess they just can not understand the situation that really faces us gay people.
I will try my best to cheer up, though, and embrace the future that really belongs to me with the trying of my efforts, and I hope that one day I can find the place I really feel belonging to in the world and be the true self at ease eventually.
Best wishes! and Good Luck!

yours sincerely,
Ansel
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