ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

Russia: Putin’s Kremlin targets LGBT in new crackdown

01/23/2023 | BBC

“I’m the only monster drag queen in Russia,” Danya proudly tells me as he applies ghostly-white make-up in front of a mirror. We’re sitting in his kitchen, a rainbow flag adorning the wall. Danya’s act is horror-themed – think Halloween meets drag. The 22-year-old regularly performed at a queer club night in St Petersburg called Gender Blender. But the project has now cancelled its shows after a new anti-LGBT law was passed by the Russian Parliament in December. Danya’s work has all but dried up. “According to the law, it’s forbidden to do what we’re doing,” Danya says. “We’re a lot more anxious now. The risks are much higher.”

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