Amund and Johan
by Kristina Lang-Ree
These Gay Russian Love Stories Will Not Be Televised
By Joseph Huff-Hannon
One gay couple I spoke with, newly arrived in the U.S., recently posted photos to Facebook of their wedding day at New York City Hall. Their parents back in Russia sent them congratulations, and so did the elder sister of one of the grooms, but she had to wait until evening to look at the pictures online, after her children had gone to sleep. “After all, it’s illegal in Russia: You can’t show the kids,” her brother told me.
… love stories from LGBT Russians living in Moscow and smaller cities all over the country, and from Russian émigrés around the world, who make up an increasing flood. We’re collecting them in a book, Gay Propaganda, which will be published in both English and Russian on the eve of the controversial 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
One Russian woman whom I interviewed for this project told me that she thinks that 25 or 30 years from now, when we look back at this moment in Russian history, it’ll be seen as the moment that the fight really began. I certainly hope she’s right. In the meantime, may a thousand LGBT Russian love stories bloom. Long live gay propaganda.