Peter* had set up a Skype account just to speak to the media. Even though it has been six months since he left Russia to embark upon a new life in Belarus, he has to be cautious, and won’t tell me his real name. Since Russia’s gay propaganda law came into action in 2013, a spate of attacks against the country’s LGBT+ community have affected the gay, bi and lesbian community’s right to an education, a job, and even the right to their life. And according to Peter, even sharing a post advocating for gay rights can result in your arrest. “Everyone knows everything about you. You can go to jail just for reposting stuff on social media,” he said.
February 26 / Pink News