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“Coming Out” is a regional nonprofit St. Petersburg organization. We work for universal recognition of human dignity and equal rights of all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through advocacy, informational and cultural events, and providing psychological and legal services to LGBT. We base our work on the principles of openness, visibility and nonviolence.

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07.07.2014

COMING OUT IN RECESS JULY 14 – AUGUST 4, 2014

Dear friends, supporters, colleagues, activists, LGBTQ and their families!

We are on the sixteenth month of inspections, trials, and appeals. In June, a law was passed giving Ministry of Justice power to register NGOs as “foreign agents” against their will. The question now is, what do we do? We know for sure that we will continue to support and advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people. There will be meetings and festivals, psychological and legal support, seminars and rallies. We need to stop and think of the “how.” Recuperate personal strength and organizational resources. Spend some time in silence and listen to ourselves.

In connection with this, we are announcing a three-week recess. After July 14, we will stop communicating and will see you on August 4.

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02.07.2014

"Coming Out"'s Foreign Agents Saga Continues

Today, July 2, Vasiliostrovsky District Court of St. Petersburg held what we thought was going to be the last hearing of the civil case against “Coming Out”, the prosecution seeking to oblige “Coming Out” to register as a "foreign agent." However, proceedings took a new turn, resulting in the hearings once again being postponed to July 16.

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17.05.2014

IDAHOT “Rainbow flashmob” 2014

Today’s IDAHOT “Rainbow flashmob” rally on Marsovo Pole, St. Peterburg’s city center, looked more like a celebration than in the years prior. Around 200 people came with plackards about peace, love, diversity and tolerance. Surrounded by around 200 armored policemen, they celebrated the day when homosexuality was excluded from the list of mental disorders by the World Health Association. After short speeches by the organizers and members of human rights community, rainbow balloons were released into the unusually bright and shiny St. Petersburg sky.

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05.05.2014

Alternative Report Submitted to UN Human Rights Committee

"Coming Out" and the Russian LGBT Network submitted a joint alternative report devoted to the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Russian Federation (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues) to the UN. The report, prepared by Kseniya Kirichenko, Legal Assistance Program Coordinator (“Coming Out” LGBT Organization) and Director of the Transgender Legal Defense Project (Rainbow Foundation), and Maria Kozlovskaya, Program Manager (Russian LGBT Network), was sent to the UN Human Rights Committee as an additional source of information to the 7th periodical report submitted by Russian Federation (CCPR/C/RUS/7). 

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04.04.2014

Girls attacked on the subway for “wrong appearance”

On April 1 two girls, traveling half-empty subway car in the afternoon, became victims of an attack. A man first pushed one of the girls, forcing her to stand up, and then threw water on both girls and beat them unmercifully.

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