On May 17, various events devoted to the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia took place all over the world. In Russia, Rainbow flashmobs and other events took place in 16 cities - in Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Ekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nakhodka, Novosibirsk, Murmansk, Samara, St. Petersburg, Omsk, Perm, Tolyatti, Tomsk, Tyumen and Khabarovsk. Most rallies took place without serious incidents.


As we reported earlier, on April 13, unknown people attacked the office of the Murmansk LGBT organization “Maximum”. As a result, two people were injured. On May 13, one of the survivors, LGBT-activists Violetta Grudina, received an order to dismiss criminal complaint. What is important, the decision was made despite the fact that the results of the forensic investigation findings are not ready yet. 


On May 17, various events devoted to the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia will take place all over the world. In Russia various events devoted to May 17 will be organized by most regional branches and collective members of the Russian LGBT Network. It means that the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia will be celebrated in Archangelsk, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Murmansk, Syktyvkar, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Tomsk, Samara and Tyumen. In Moscow the Rainbow flashmob will be organized by the “Rainbow association”, and in St. Petersburg – by the LGBT initiative group “Coming Out”. 



Четвертый международный кинофестиваль «Бок о Бок» – это еще один шаг в создании открытого культурного пространства для развития диалога и поддержки искусства, которое обращается к ЛГБТ-темам. В Москве кинофестиваль «Бок о Бок» работает с 2012 года, мы провели уже 3 четырехдневных фестиваля и в течение года организуем регулярные специальные события с фильмами и обсуждениями. 


On December 15, 2014, the Ministry of Justice included Arkhangelsk regional non-governmental organization “Rakurs” (a collective member of the Russian LGBT Network) in the register of “foreign agents”.


KISS OFF! is a global initiative created by multimedia artist Danielle 'DMo' Oke of the creative hub DMoArtWorlds. During the week of June 28 to July 4, 2014 people around the world are encouraged to share a photo or vine video of a same-sex kiss in the name of love, equality and human rights. It is a creative way to challenge societal homophobia and bring awareness to the persecutions people face because of their sexual orientation and identity. Let's use art to educate and unite!