Historical moment for LGBT activists

The LGBT organisation Coming Out, partner of the Swedish Helsinki Committee, has been officially registered by the government. This is the first case in Russian history when an organisation openly announcing as its goal advocacy for the interests of the LGBT community is registered by the government on the first try without any court intervention.

This is a truly historical moment. We believe it to be the first result of the campaign for freedom of association begun by the Russian LGBT Network in 2006, says Igor Petrov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, in a press release.

The Swedish Helsinki Committee that initiated a cooperation with the LGBT Network in 2008 is very positive about the decision on registration.

This is a huge step forward. We are very satisfied and perhaps a bit surprised. Homophobia is widely spread i Russia, yet this decision shows a clear break from previous practice on behalf of the authorities, says Erik Esbjörnson, Programme Director at the Swedish Helsinki Committee.

The Russian LGBT Network consists of several NGOs; Youth Human Rights Movement, Pravovoe Obschestvo, ILGA Europe, Moscow Helsinki Group etc. Formed in the summer of 2006, the network has set the goals to combat discirmination of LGBT people in Russia by information and advocacy towards the general public and decision makers, and to strengthen the LGBT community itself through awareness rising etc. The Swedish Helsinki Committee and the network cooperate during the Russian week against Homophobia. The cooperation enables the network to organise seminars and workshops, and to lobby on decision makers.

Categories: Achievements.
Tags: Coming Out, Discrimination, and LGBT.
Regions: Russia.