Not even Russian bombs can silence queer Ukrainian journalist Maksym Eristavi

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05/26/2022

A queer Ukrainian journalist. A writer. A public speaker. A self-proclaimed bridge builder and “Russian colonialism storyteller-in-chief.” Maksym Eristavi was born to amplify voices! For only being in his 30s, Eristavi’s reputation as a journalist and activist is both commendable and inspiring. He started reporting at the age of 16 and essentially pioneered queer representation in Eastern European media. Today he is still only one of a few openly gay journalists in his region. Eristavi’s work entails the many intersections of identity politics, disinformation, and the harms of Russian colonialism which have ultimately affected him. In addition to being the co-founder of the Russian Language News Exchange, the biggest support network for independent journalism in Eastern Europe, he also chairs the managing board of Kyiv Pride, the biggest queer and trans pride event in Eastern Europe.

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