2. The five-part documentary will not only explore what it’s really like to live under the oppressive anti-gay laws…
4. In part one of the documentary, already available for streaming online, we hear the stories of three young LGBT Russians.
7. Artem – who is not out to his parents – isn’t sure if he will ever be able to live a completely open life.
“My attitude is that I first want to accomplish something in life, and if I do, I will probably come out. On the other hand, I have plans to possibly have family by the time I’m 30. But it has to be with a woman who understands my real sexual orientation. It wouldn’t be a marriage of love. It would be a marriage for the parents.”
10. Nikita makes it clear he is not afraid of any consequences that come from his activism.
“I don’t really have much to fear. I have officially been labeled as a propagandist. But at the same time, I don’t really spread propaganda. In this country, propaganda has a very abstract definition. No one really knows what it means. I don’t tell people to be gay. I only give advice and share my knowledge.”
12. “After that, I understood that I can be punched in the street, I can be punched in the nightclub, I can be punched at a demonstration. Just anywhere, because people are homophobes,” said Yulia.
13. Everyday life for Yulia is not only more difficult, but quite dangerous as well.
“Because of this law, some conservative and aggressive people have decided that it’s OK to kill gay people because we want to protect our children; we want to protect our society from these crazy gays. We’ve seen lots of suicides among young people since publishing that law, so it’s not protecting [them].”
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