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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

Your Views

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.

Do you feel safe when gathering with other LGBTI people in public spaces in RUSSIAN FEDERATION?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No, there is no police protection

No, there is no police protection (100%) No, the police might harass us (0 %) No, owners of establishment won’t allow us to gather (0 %) Yes (0 %)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in RUSSIAN FEDERATION...
Ilya (user currently living in RUSSIAN FEDERATION) posted for straight readers on 02/09/2013 +5
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Hello
I was born and grew up in a fairly large city of Russia, but in spite of this I never really thought about homosexuality. I actually did not know anything about it, except that it's bad. I first encountered this when i left studying in London.
When I was in London, I and my friend from college had fun and spend time in bars and nightclubs, like typical young people. So one of the weekends, we got to the party. Walking around the city, accidentally wandered into a bar in Soho. Besides the fact that Soho is the main shopping and entertainment district of London, it is still considered a quarter for gays and lesbians, but we found out about it later. So, before we go inside, a security guard at the entrance told us that this is a gay bar. We thought for a moment, but something we pushed, or the amount of alcohol consumed, whether banal interest and we decided to go inside. There were a lot of people, and, as I later realized, were not only gays. And I found myself thinking, if the security guard told us that this is a gay bar, then we would never have understood, because it is absolutely no different from an ordinary bar. We looked around, ordered a drink and sat down at a small table near the bar.
Having missed a couple of cocktails, we once again, standing at the bar for a refill and got acquainted with a young man and he invited us to the table. There sat his partner. We sat and talked and drank and had a lot of fun. I want to say that they were nice people, well- educated and mannerly. One of them was a lawyer and the other a financier. We talked on various topics, and no one tried to seduce us. After a while the bar began to close, they left us business cards and said goodbye.
And that's what I want to say about it: they are absolutely no different from people with traditional views, they have no problem to force you to their "homosexual positions" and to win over to their side, and even more drag in bed. They are happy and they do not care about your orientation. This is not a war where there is a constant recruitment and recruitment again the new recruits.. However, for some reason people with traditional views have some problems with this topic.
I was wondering why I have come across this in Russia only with a negative color. I began to read a variety of books on this subject and discovered a lot of interesting things. Homosexuality devided into several types, such as natural which is only 3 - 5% of the total population. Social – it associated with the lack of the opposite sex and is often found in armies and prisons. Psychological - heterosexual intimacy is blocked psychological causes.
Discrimination against homosexuals was particularly strong in the past, but is preserved in the present. Today, the level of homophobia and sexism in Russia is extremely high. You can constantly observe the various videos on the Internet, where young people brutally beat others just for the fact that they are a different sexual orientation.
That’s how was born the script of this film, where the main goal is to show how homophobic, xenophobic, chauvinistic views of the majority scratching the life of people who is "not like others." In my film, I do not give praise; I do not blame anyone and nowhere urge, but only trying to show what I see myself. And the audience will decide what conclusions do.
I would be so gradefull if you help us and support our project. We making a film and using the crowd finding website http://igg.me/p/511210/x/4516979. Please just have a look and make you decisions. Thank you
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Ilya (user currently living in RUSSIAN FEDERATION) posted for straight readers on 02/09/2013 +5
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Hello
I was born and grew up in a fairly large city of Russia, but in spite of this I never really thought about homosexuality. I actually did not know anything about it, except that it's bad. I first encountered this when i left studying in London.
When I was in London, I and my friend from college had fun and spend time in bars and nightclubs, like typical young people. So one of the weekends, we got to the party. Walking around the city, accidentally wandered into a bar in Soho. Besides the fact that Soho is the main shopping and entertainment district of London, it is still considered a quarter for gays and lesbians, but we found out about it later. So, before we go inside, a security guard at the entrance told us that this is a gay bar. We thought for a moment, but something we pushed, or the amount of alcohol consumed, whether banal interest and we decided to go inside. There were a lot of people, and, as I later realized, were not only gays. And I found myself thinking, if the security guard told us that this is a gay bar, then we would never have understood, because it is absolutely no different from an ordinary bar. We looked around, ordered a drink and sat down at a small table near the bar.
Having missed a couple of cocktails, we once again, standing at the bar for a refill and got acquainted with a young man and he invited us to the table. There sat his partner. We sat and talked and drank and had a lot of fun. I want to say that they were nice people, well- educated and mannerly. One of them was a lawyer and the other a financier. We talked on various topics, and no one tried to seduce us. After a while the bar began to close, they left us business cards and said goodbye.
And that's what I want to say about it: they are absolutely no different from people with traditional views, they have no problem to force you to their "homosexual positions" and to win over to their side, and even more drag in bed. They are happy and they do not care about your orientation. This is not a war where there is a constant recruitment and recruitment again the new recruits.. However, for some reason people with traditional views have some problems with this topic.
I was wondering why I have come across this in Russia only with a negative color. I began to read a variety of books on this subject and discovered a lot of interesting things. Homosexuality devided into several types, such as natural which is only 3 - 5% of the total population. Social – it associated with the lack of the opposite sex and is often found in armies and prisons. Psychological - heterosexual intimacy is blocked psychological causes.
Discrimination against homosexuals was particularly strong in the past, but is preserved in the present. Today, the level of homophobia and sexism in Russia is extremely high. You can constantly observe the various videos on the Internet, where young people brutally beat others just for the fact that they are a different sexual orientation.
That’s how was born the script of this film, where the main goal is to show how homophobic, xenophobic, chauvinistic views of the majority scratching the life of people who is "not like others." In my film, I do not give praise; I do not blame anyone and nowhere urge, but only trying to show what I see myself. And the audience will decide what conclusions do.
I would be so gradefull if you help us and support our project. We making a film and using the crowd finding website http://igg.me/p/511210/x/4516979. Please just have a look and make you decisions. Thank you
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