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Russia’s Invisible Children

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How one outreach forum for LGBT teens has been forced to adapt to growing pressure from politicians and the public.
 
“I do not know what is going on with me, and that’s the scariest part.”
 
“My biological gender is female, but I don’t feel like a girl. That’s why I am writing to you...”
 
“My mother has hinted that she would put me out of the house, if my sexual orientation was wrong.”
 
On Russia’s biggest social network, VKontakte, these pleas for help from teenagers are now illegal.
 
On January 13, Children 404, the Russian online support forum for LGBT adolescents, had its legal case rejected at the Altay Regional Court in Southern Siberia, finding it and the group’s founder, Elena Klimova, guilty of spreading the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”
 
The judgement is the latest blow to what experts warn is a dangerously threadbare support network for LGBT teens in Russia.
 

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Anna Yalovkina is a freelance journalist based in St. Petersburg.

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

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