By Masha Gessen, Joseph Huff-Hannon
Homosexual Propaganda brings jointly unique tales, interviews and testimonial, awarded in either English and Russian, to catch the lives and loves of LGBT Russians dwelling either in Russia and in exile this day. Timed for book in February 2014, at the eve of the wintry weather Olympics in Sochi, the ebook is a provocative riposte to Russia’s lately handed and ill-defined ban on “homosexual propaganda.”
As a part of a technique to consolidate political keep an eye on in Russia following significant pro-democracy protests that shook the govt, President Putin’s ruling get together made up our minds it wanted an enemy to unite the rustic. Hoping to govern backward yet widely-held prejudices, it opted to demonize gays and lesbians. therefore, in June 2013, Putin signed a invoice banning any and all “propaganda” of so-called non-traditional relationships. rather predictably, within the months that undefined, assaults, firings, and hate crimes have spiked throughout Russia, and the state-sanctioned crusade indicates no signal of abating. The Russian Duma is now debating a legislation to take kids clear of homosexual and lesbian parents.
As the world’s media turns its realization to the host nation of the iciness Olympics, the tales accrued in homosexual Propaganda supply a well timed and intimate window into the hardships confronted through Russians at the receiving finish of state-sanctioned homophobia. listed here are stories of of fellows and girls in long term devoted relationships in addition to these nonetheless trying to find love; of these attempting to bring up young children or caring for mom and dad; of these dealing with the demanding situations of continuous to dwell in Russia or becoming a member of an exodus that's swiftly turning into a flood.