Drawing, Cigarettes and European Court of Human Rights.

A few days ago Pasha Lebedev, lawer Olga Gnezdilova and I brought the 561_418337case to European Court of Human Rights. The reason for this decision is well known: we have long had sued the mayor’s office of Voronezh, the city police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs after the picket January 20, 2014 against the law about «gay propaganda.» We were beaten. But in Russia, we were not able to achieve justice and punish those responsible.

The second news: after Natasha Tsymbalova I quit smoking. I smoked for over 13 years. I hope I will succeed.

The third news: I finished a new drawing. Every day there are more and more. I like it! My dream is to go to art school in the United States.

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Hello, friends!

I finally finished painting a portrait of my wonderful friends John and Michael. I hope you enjoy what I did. Now I’m ready to take orders for custom portraits. If you are interested, please message me to place an order so we can discuss details of what you would like done. Hopefully this will be a great support in such a difficult time for us…

I will be very grateful to you if you share this post with your friends.

My profile on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anjour1
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I love you, NYC!

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November,18 I was lucky enough to visit this wonderful city once more. I spent the whole day. Human Rights Watch asked me to give a video interview, and I gladly accepted. No matter what, I think it’s important to talk about LGBT issues in Russia. This is especially important in an environment where many LGBT activists left Russia. Recently, these people became many more. I think my story is a good example of what is happening. This escalation of hatred and aggression in society. This lack of fundamental human rights. This constant violence. This fear. This despair. But this situation will not last forever. Sooner or later, everything will change. Everything will be better. And if each of us does what he can, then we will win! Equality of rights is not a gift. Equality of rights is the result of a daily and ongoing struggle.

During my trips to New York I have several times experienced unpleasant moments. I always carry a backpack, to which I have tied a rainbow ribbon. Several times people passing by have shouted behind my back «Faggot! Ahahaha »or« Fags rainbow! ». And I realized that Russia doesn’t hold a monopoly on homophobia. It is everywhere. Therefore, wherever we are, it is important to keep proud and bold and make efforts to ensure that the world around us is changing at least a little bit. Because the world around us is beautiful! I walked through the night to New York and forgot to take pictures. I was walking with my head held high and looked at the skyscrapers … I had never seen a night in New York! Giant buildings, thousands and thousands of people, the dynamics … In this city, the feeling of life is very encouraging and gives a boost.

P.s. Thank you Nina Long for paying my mobile phone bill.

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First Official LGBT Wedding Held in St. Petersburg, Russia Today

Very interesting news from Russia.

yj8fKRbZB0LqDrLzxl6PBA-articleToday in St. Petersburg, Russia, the city’s first marriage between two women was officially registered. The couple, Irina Shumilov and Alain Fursova, married in one of the marriage registration halls in the city on the Neva.

Official registration of the marriage is possible because one of the brides, Irina, is a transgender woman, and is in the process of sex reassignment. She always presents in accordance with her female gender, including at work (Irina works as a programmer). She is currently undergoing hormone therapy and will soon have gender confirmation surgery as well. Her fiancee, Alena, is a cisgender woman.

«This is a big step for all of us,» says Marina Theodori, who witnessed the wedding ceremony. «Most of us dream of having a formal marriage, but in Russia it was not possible yet. For us it is the realization of our dreams. Hopefully soon we will have more opportunities.»

Employees at the marriage registration hall displayed a tolerant attitude toward the two brides during the ceremony. Among their guests were friends and acquaintances, both LGBT and non-LGBT. The wedding reception will be held at one of the clubs in St. Petersburg.

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We still need your help

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Dear friends! We still need your help and support! I will be writing very short text. At the moment we have two of the most important and difficult problems:

1) Help with translations. We’re almost done to translate the publications in the media. But we have a large number of documents, letters and testimony. They are difficult to translate, so we are looking for those who really do the job. We will be very thankful and grateful to you …

2) Two women are coming to Washington DC from Russia really soon. I wrote about this here: New asylum seekers from Putin’s Russia. They still continue to look for housing. It will be very nice if we can help them. We really want to support them in the difficult period of life.

If you can, share this post with your friends.
Thank you for your solidarity and support!

P.s. Once again I am sorry for my mistakes and poor knowledge of the English language.

New asylum seekers from Putin’s Russia

ROFv9S73jiEFriends! I need your assistance. Two friends of mine are going to escape anti-gay Russia. They are together nearly 6 years. They are 30’s, friendly, nice and speak English. They have a lovely and obedient dog (5 year old Dachshund). They want to live normal life without humiliating and discrimination. Girls will appreciate any your help. If you have an extra room or main room available for a minimum of 3 months please let me know (Washington, D.C.). They are ready to answer any additional questions. Unfortunately they have to hide their relationships from public and due to this fact they can not provide their claim with a photo. But we can send it in a private communication. You may ask me or contact them directly.

Lawyers, Bridegrooms, and a Porn Star

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Hello friends! Unfortunately, I am writing this blog not as often as I would like. But I hope that in the future I will be able to write here more often. I’m translating every day documents and media publications to apply for our political asylum. I feel that we have translated about 40% of the total amount of texts now. It is very good. Mostly, we were able to make these translations due to the help of those people who have responded to our request for help. They translated a huge amount of materials into English. I thank them so much for helping us! But we are still looking for people who are fluent in Russian and English languages. We still need help to translate documents for our political asylum cases.

DSC_1060I would like to tell you also, that on October 13th, at the DC Center LGBT organization, we took part in a very interesting and useful round table with a well-known immigration lawyer from Philadelphia – Larisa Tenberg. The meeting held in the «question and answer» format. Everyone had an opportunity to ask questions about political asylum in the United States, and to receive complete and detailed responses. The debate was broadcasted online. For those people who speak Russian, Spectrum Human Rights Alliance downloaded on the internet a video file of the mentioned above round table. It is available at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/53917754

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