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Watch: Young and Gay in Putin's Russia

Tue 21 Jan 2014 In: Features View at NDHA

When Russian President Vladimir Putin banned gay "propaganda" in June last year, Russia's LGBT community went from being a stigmatized fringe group to full-blown enemies of the state. Homophobia becoming legislation means it’s now not only accepted in Russia but actively encouraged, which has led to a rise in homophobic attacks and murders. The main aim of the law, which essentially bans any public display of homosexuality, is to prevent minors from getting the impression that being gay is normal. Which means that, if you’re young and gay in Putin’s Russia, you’re ostracized and cut off from any kind of legal support network. Documentary makers from the investigative website Vice travelled to Russia ahead of February's Sochi Winter Olympics to investigate the effects of the country's state-sanctioned homophobia. Its filmmakers took a ride in Moscow's gay taxi service, heard about the rise of homophobic vigilante groups, and met Yulia, who runs lgbt self-defence classes. Vice - 21st January 2014    

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First published: Tuesday, 21st January 2014 - 11:51am

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