2000s: Development of movement and public support
The LGBTI movement in Russia was on the rise in the middle of 2000-s. At that time LGBTI activists founded key organisations and launched several initiatives for defending their rights, awareness-building and researching of public opinion.
The first gay pride was organised by a GayRussia initiative in 2006 and since then it had attempted to hold gay prides every year. However every event was accompanied by counteractions from the side of neo-Nazi movements and ultra-religious groups.
At the same time due to the influence of LGBTI activists, Russian human rights organisations had started to pay attention …read more
Source: Heinrich Boell Foundation