Introduction

Investigating Lesbian and Gay Activism

Authored by: David Paternotte , Manon Tremblay

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409457091
eBook ISBN: 9781315613147
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042914

10.4324/9781315613147.intro

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Abstract

In 2014, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a statute against “homosexual propaganda.” According to Putin, the statute is aimed at protecting the morals of minors against “non-traditional” sexual relations, especially pedophilia (ILGA-Europe 2014). This decision, which made international headlines and provoked a major outcry, has had a direct impact on activism in Russia: lesbian and gay groups have often been denied the right to hold public meetings, and organizing on the basis of sexual orientation has become much more difficult. Although few people have been arrested since the law was introduced, most of those detained were activists.

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