Strengthening the LGBT movement

In cooperation with the Russian LGBT Network, Civil Rights Defenders support groups and organisations, working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples’ rights, all over Russia with capacity building, legal counseling and organizational development. Although Russia has taken some very important steps in the right direction, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is widely spread in the society.

Russia has taken some very important steps in the right direction but discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and xenophobia, in general, is widely spread in the Russian society. Not only do a large number of persons experience discrimination on a daily basis. The Russian state and the authorities signal acceptance towards these attitudes thereby giving a green light to neo-Nazi, religious fundamentalism and intolerance.

Civil Rights Defenders cooperates with the Russian LGBT Network to strengthen the LGBT movement. The network consists of LGBT organisations and groups all over Russia. In early 2009 Civil Rights Defenders and the Russian LGBT Network, together with the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA, Europe, started cooperating on capacity improvements of network member organisations and groups as well as advocacy and lobbying work. Our cooperation continues as we have added important components such as legal councelling and aid , as well as organisational development for the network members.

Categories: News.
Tags: Access to justice, Discrimination, Homophobia, Pride, and Russian LGBT Network.
Regions: Russia.