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Homophobia in Russia

Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is becoming more and more difficult in Russia as sexual minorities are facing legal and social discrimination, harassment and even violent ‘hate crime’ attacks from religious and national conservative groups.

In June 2013, Russia’s homophobia moved from the streets into the country’s legislation as the State Duma unanimously adopted an anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”, effectively making it illegal to hold any gay pride events, speak in defense of gay rights, or say that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships.

This reportage documents the harassment and those affected by it. It also covers the courtroom where gay activists are interrogated, the nightclub where they feel free to mingle and a lesbian family who live in fear of their three children being removed by the state because of their own personal sexuality. This is an attempt to understand what it’s like to live with forbidden love in modern Russia. (2013+2014)

25 thoughts on “Homophobia in Russia

  1. […] série « Homophobie en Russie » du photographe danois Mads Nissen avait déjà reçu plusieurs prix. L’un des […]

  2. […] Por todo eso decidió lanzar una fotografía que forma parte de un proyecto completo sobre “La homofobia en Rusia”. Esta exposición ha recorrido media Europa y ha ganado diversos premios como el LUMIX Fotofestival […]

  3. […] winnende foto is onderdeel van een groter project van Mads Nissen met als titel: Homofobie in Rusland. De fotograaf werkt voor het Deense dagblad […]

  4. […] sera-t-elle une image de guerre? Ce 12 février 2015, c’est le photographe danois Mads Nissen qui a remporté le prix pour l’image d’un couple gay en Russie. Immédiatement, le […]

  5. […] a d’ailleurs réalisé cette image dans le cadre d’un reportage intitulé “Homophobie en Russie“. Pour justifier son choix, le World Press Photo a déclaré […]

  6. […] winning image is part of a photo series called “Homophobia in Russia,” which documented the difficulties and struggles shared by the LGBT community in Russia, especially […]

  7. […] consiglierei ai critici, prima di affrettare conclusioni, di dare almeno un’occhiata a tutto il servizio di Nissen sulla lotta per il riconoscimento dei diritti dei gay in […]

  8. […] les subo la foto, pero les pido que recorran la galería que sobre el tema Mads tiene en su sitio […]

  9. […] Nissen’s image is all the more arresting considering that Vladimir Putin has made the oppression of LGBT minorities in Russia a top priority in recent years. “I met two young men, Jon and Alex, in a bar. It was a lovely May evening in St. Petersburg,” Nissen told the British Journal of Photography. “We ended up back at Alex’s apartment, they did their thing, and I was a witness.” The photo is parts of Nissen’s larger series of photographs “Homophobia in Russia,” which includes images of victims of physical attacks and couples who risk losing their children. “This is an attempt to understand what it’s like to live with forbidden love in modern Russia,” Nissen said of the project on his website. […]

  10. […] Nissen’s image is all the more arresting considering that Vladimir Putin has made the oppression of LGBT minorities in Russia a top priority in recent years. “I met two young men, Jon and Alex, in a bar. It was a lovely May evening in St. Petersburg,” Nissen told the British Journal of Photography. “We ended up back at Alex’s apartment, they did their thing, and I was a witness.” The photo is parts of Nissen’s larger series of photographs “Homophobia in Russia,” which includes images of victims of physical attacks and couples who risk losing their children. “This is an attempt to understand what it’s like to live with forbidden love in modern Russia,” Nissen said of the project on his website. […]

  11. […] an attempt to understand what it’s like to live with forbidden love in modern Russia,” Nissen wrote on his website. He went on to more fully explain the political atmosphere saying, “In June 2013, Russia’s […]

  12. […] Il premio Photo of the Year 2015 va a Mads Nissen, fotoreporter danese, con uno scatto del lavoro Homophobia in Russia che mette in luce il delicato problema della discriminazione sessuale in Russia. La foto vincente […]

  13. […] winning image is part of a photo series called “Homophobia in Russia,” which documented the difficulties and struggles shared by the LGBT community in Russia, especially […]

  14. […] Nissen’s image is all the more arresting considering that Vladimir Putin has made the oppression of LGBT minorities in Russia a top priority in recent years. “I met two young men, Jon and Alex, in a bar. It was a lovely May evening in St. Petersburg,” Nissen told the British Journal of Photography. “We ended up back at Alex’s apartment, they did their thing, and I was a witness.” The photo is parts of Nissen’s larger series of photographs “Homophobia in Russia,” which includes images of victims of physical attacks and couples who risk losing their children. “This is an attempt to understand what it’s like to live with forbidden love in modern Russia,” Nissen said of the project on his website. […]

  15. […] Las siguientes son más fotografías que forman el reportaje de “Homofobia en Rusia” […]

  16. […] Nissen’s image is all the more arresting considering that Vladimir Putin has made the oppression of LGBT minorities in Russia a top priority in recent years. “I met two young men, Jon and Alex, in a bar. It was a lovely May evening in St. Petersburg,” Nissen told the British Journal of Photography. “We ended up back at Alex’s apartment, they did their thing, and I was a witness.” The photo is parts of Nissen’s larger series of photographs “Homophobia in Russia,” which includes images of victims of physical attacks and couples who risk losing their children. “This is an attempt to understand what it’s like to live with forbidden love in modern Russia,” Nissen said of the project on his website. […]

  17. […] 于是他开始拍摄这些群体,并将这些图片公布在自己的网站上。 […]

  18. […] 于是他开始拍摄这些群体,并将这些图片公布在自己的网站上。 […]

  19. […] dalla fondazione olandese World Press Photo dal 1955. L’immagine fa parte del reportage Omofobia in Russia, che denuncia le discriminazioni contro la comunità LGBT (di lesbiche, gay, bisessuali e […]

  20. […] and Alex” is part of “Homophobia in Russia“, a photography project, published in Berlingske Magazine Sunday and BT Sunday. Mads Nissen […]

  21. […] This understanding gains further emotional power when seen in context with Nissen’s other photographs in his series “Homophobia in Russia”, which document the harassment and violence towards gays in […]

  22. […] One of all of these shocking shots were Mads Nissen‘s pictures. He won the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 with one particular image and now it is displayed around the world as well as in that showing. The picture shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg, Russia. The winning picture belongs to a larger project by Nissen called “Homophobia in Russia”. […]