Discrimination of Russia’s LGBT Community

The Russian LGBT Network and the Moscow Helsinki Group have presented a report on “Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Russia.” The 100-page report is the first specialised study of the legal status of the LGBT community (gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders) in Russia.

The report’s authors state that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is part of the overall problem of xenophobia in today’s Russia. The authors warn that this problem poses a serious danger to the society as a whole.

First, this has lead to the exclusion of persons with homo- or bisexual orientation and transgenders from social life, endangering their lives and personal security, and denigrating their human dignity. Second, government and societal tolerance of discrimination against the LGBT community has led to the legalisation of neo-Nazi ideology and religious fundamentalism.

The report documents the general position of Russian officials in regard to members of the country’s LGBT minority, manifested in the ignorance and understatement of the problem of discrimination against the LGBT community. The report’s authors state that the problem cannot be solved before the state changes its attitude.

The report is the result of monitoring of discrimination against members of Russia’s LGBT community in 2007-2008 by the Moscow Helsinki Group and the Russian LGBT Network. Mr Igor Petrov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, said the report provides practical recommendations to state institutions about human right guarantees without respect to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Copies of the report will be sent to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, every member of the Russian State Duma, Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin, the ombudsmen in Russia’s regions and autonomous republics, as well as to international organisations.

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