Stephen M. Bland • TEDxLambethSalon
LGBT+ Rights in Post-Soviet Nations: From the 'Sexual Revolution' to Persecution
With the Russian Revolution of October 1917, the Bolsheviks proclaimed that ‘homosexual relationships and heterosexual relationships are treated exactly the same by the law;’ and this fifty years before England and Wales. Since the 1930s, however, LGBT+ rights have taken a downward trajectory. Whilst there are liberal outliers, rogue republics like Chechnya, which holds people suspected of homosexuality in concentration camps and encourages their murder are on the increase. In Moscow, meanwhile, where Pride marches are banned for the next hundred years, the authorities have turned a blind eye.