Queer Culture Festival for diversity

Together with our partner, Coming Out, we arrange the third international Queer Culture Festival, September 15-25. The festival takes place in St Petersburg with the goal to support the right to self-expression, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The program includes photo exhibitions portraying lives and activism of queer people, concerts and a human rights forum, with experts and guests debating the interrelation and conflict between human rights and traditional values.

“We are very grateful for the trust that Civil Rights Defenders places in our work and the belief in our Queer Festival as an effective tool of LGBT rights work. We do not have much support from our own government, in fact, it’s quite the opposite, so the feeling of solidarity and support is very important both for the LGBT community and for Coming Out’s team” said Polina Savchenko at Coming Out.

Discrimination and homophobia is still widespread in Russia, according to a poll 75 percent of Russians believe that LGBT people are “morally dissolute, or mentally defective”. Last year’s festival met resistance from the St. Petersburg Culture Committee the day before opening, but was completed successfully, attracting over 2000 people.

Ninke Liebert and Marie Månson from Civil Rights Defenders will attend the festival.

For more information visit www.queerfest.ru

Categories: Achievements.
Tags: Coming Out and Queer Culture Festival.
Regions: Russia.