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. Currents the trends fueling the crisis
Moscow’s role in turning sexual orientation into a matter of political ideology
How the Church is both fueling and taking advantage of the LGBTQ Crisis
The worsening crisis defies Western efforts to promote individual rights
Agendas and bias in LGBTQ media coverage across the former Soviet Union
The human cost of cultural and state-sanctioned homophobia
In this current we bring you stories about politics of homophobia in the Former Soviet Union and examine the role Moscow played in turning sexual orientation into a matter of political ideology.
A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot
An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and Russian members of the religious right.
Permission to Exterminate
Text & Sketches Dispatch
Kyrgyzstan’s Beacon of Tolerance Under Threat from Manufactured Kremlin Homophobia
Young, Russian, Gay, and Pro-Putin
Why do many Russian LGBTQ members support Putin’s presidency?
Kafkaesque legal wranglings against activists have succeeded in shutting down a gay rights movement in Russia. These four cases paved the way.
No Room for Humor
How one journalist used satire to cover the 2013 Russian law against homosexual “propaganda” — and why he could not do it now
In this current we track the central role the Church has played in framing this new ‘traditionalist’ ideology and the region’s growing #lgbtcrisis.
For a decade, the Russian Orthodox Church has countenanced thuggish anti-LGBTQ groups. When Russians mobilized to protect public parks from new church construction, this partnership went to work to label green space a nefarious gay cause.
Here we track the growing divide between two schools of thought as Moscow’s definition of values and tradition clashes with the Western emphasis on individual rights.
Politics and Repression
How longtime Russian political activists are often overlooked in the West
Kiev’s Equality March Passes Peacefully
Opposition from foreign and domestic forces arrayed against LGBTQ rights failed to disrupt an annual march in Kiev, bolstering Ukraine’s halting efforts to align with the West.
Murder after the Revolution
Since Ukraine’s 2014 revolution, the number of killings of gay men has exploded. How Ukraine responds will help determine the country’s political trajectory—as a part of Europe or spinning toward Russia.
Ukraine’s LGBT community depends on the West to defend their rights
Homosexuality is a hot button topic for the media across the former Soviet Union. This Current follows coverage patterns and decodes the agendas behind them.
The Primetime Bombshell
What happened when a Russian celebrity revealed his HIV positive status on live TV
This Current tracks the human cost of cultural and state-sanctioned homophobia. We report on individual cases of violence and abuse committed by the anti-LGBT campaign.
Russia’s Invisible Children
How one outreach forum for LGBT teens has been forced to adapt to growing pressure from politicians and the public