We Will Survive Them All’: As Russia Braces For Harsh New Anti-Gay Law, A Museum Of LGBT Culture Opens In St. Petersburg

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11/29/2022

Russia’s newest museum opened its doors on November 27. It may close them for good before the week is out. The country’s newly toughened legislation against so-called lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) “propaganda,” which was passed by the State Duma — the lower house of parliament — in its final reading on November 24, is expected to become law by December 1, Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has said. Under the law, Russia’s first museum of LGBT culture would become illegal. Visitors to the country’s first museum of LGBT culture are greeted at the entrance by a portrait of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, arguably the most prominent gay man of Russia’s imperial period. It was during a visit to the Tchaikovsky house museum in Klin that LGBT activist and historian Pyotr Voskresensky got the idea of creating his own LGBT museum.

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