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New VICE Series Explores What It's Like to Be Young and Gay in Putin's Russia: VIDEO


VICE has posted part one of a five part series called "Young and Gay in Putin's Russia".

Vice_RussiaIn the first installment, VICE's author explores Moscow's underground gay taxi service, which arose as a result of violence and discrimination targeting the LGBT community, taking a ride with one of its drivers named Artem. Artem describes how life "becomes more difficult" for you if you tell someone you're gay.

They also explore the rise of violent, homophobic vigilante groups.

VICE also visits with Yulia, a young lesbian who teaches LGBT self defense classes after attacks targeting a Moscow gay bar. The attacks recently prompted the manager of the bar to seek asylum in the U.S..



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  1. That this series is on Vice of all places is a bit…odd.

    But, moving on...

    Posted by: Leo | Jan 13, 2014 8:28:37 PM

  2. Was this a preview of part one or the entirety of the video. Regardless, it was pretty insightful. It's nice to know some of them are fighting back.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 13, 2014 10:05:12 PM

  3. This is definitely worth watching! Important stuff people!

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 14, 2014 6:25:49 PM

  4. Each segment is about 5 minutes, so the total might be about half an hour.

    A new segment is posted daily (so far).

    While short, this does seem to be the only comprehensive look at this issue from inside Russia.

    What is so sad is that knowing how bad it is for these young people, it's even worse in Uganda and Nigeria.

    We thought HIV/AIDS was a test of our community, and we've mythologized our response to it at the end of the millennium. We need that same level of activity, or these people are screwed.

    Can a community that has diffused away from neighborhoods and moved online mobilize that strongly?

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 16, 2014 3:29:18 AM

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