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“Coming Out” is a regional nonprofit St. Petersburg organization. We work for universal recognition of human dignity and equal rights of all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through advocacy, informational and cultural events, and providing psychological and legal services to LGBT. We base our work on the principles of openness, visibility and nonviolence.

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04.04.2014

Girls attacked on the subway for “wrong appearance”

On April 1 two girls, traveling half-empty subway car in the afternoon, became victims of an attack. A man first pushed one of the girls, forcing her to stand up, and then threw water on both girls and beat them unmercifully.

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03.04.2014

REPORT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OMBUDSMAN: XENOPHOBIA IN ST. PETERSBURG GROWS

On March 26, the human rights ombudsman in St. Petersburg, Alexander Shishlov, presented in the city’s Legislative Assembly report on its activity in 2013.

Like last year, the report included the cases of discrimination of citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Year of 2013, according to the ombudsman, is marked by the growth of xenophobia overall, and the growth of homophobia and transphobia, expressed in hate crimes, violation of the right to freedom of Assembly, and the right to judicial protection.

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31.03.2014

"COMING OUT" APPEALS TO ECHR AGAINST TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

On March 24, 2014, “Coming Out” lodged a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights related to the St. Petersburg law prohibiting “propaganda of transgenderism." The applicant of the complaint. Ruslan Savolainen, was denied the approval to organize a picket in St. Petersburg, dedicated to transgender rights a year ago. The complaint is against the violation of the right to freedom of assembly and discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.

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18.03.2014

30% of Russian Homosexual Families with Children Live “in the Closet”, 49% Stopped Being Open Recently

In November 2013, “Coming Out” LGBT organization conducted an Internet survey of same-sex families with children. Their anonymity and safety was the highest priority for the researcher, sociologist Alisa Zhabenko. The situation around Russian homosexual community remains tense; not only are same-sex families claimed illegitimate, but they recently have been considered inappropriate for raising children at all.

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18.03.2014

COURT FOUND NOT GUILTY PARTICIPANTS OF LGBT ACTION AT MARSOVO FIELD

Court decided: all participants of LGBT action at Marsovo field arrested after October 12, 2013 are not guilty. Case was closed on last Friday.

We remind that on October 12, 2013 it was planned to hold street meeting on Marsovo field dedicated to the International Comingout day (voluntary and open confession of one’s homosexuality or transgender identity). 

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