A trans man facing persecution in Russia heard of ‘trans refuge’ state and fled to Minnesota

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04/26/2024

Erik Beda’s mere existence is practically a death sentence in Russia. He’s transgender, which is illegal and considered an act of terror in the country. “There is a sense of despair and catastrophe,” Erik Beda, 36, said in an interview with MPR News senior producer Aleesa Kuznetsov. The two spoke in Russian. Being LGBTQ+ has long been socially unacceptable in Russia, and eventually became illegal. “Younger people say they want to end their life,” he said of the law. “Their families don’t care about them, and now the government has turned against them.” In 2013, the Kremlin adopted the first legislation restricting LGBTQ+ rights, known as the “gay propaganda” law, banning any public endorsement of “nontraditional sexual relations” among minors.

 

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