Public Lecture

Homophobia in Russia

Essen – 26 January 2015

The attitude of the Kremlin revealed regularly as homophobic: Since June 2013, for example, the public speaking about homosexuality in the presence of minors is prohibited by law. What influence does the legislative and political climate have on the distribution of homophobia in Russia? Based on population surveys and studies Wanya Kilber and Peter Schmidt reported at the KWI Essen on the current situation in Russia.

The lecture was part of the lecture series "Homophobia in the global context", that is organised together with the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI).

Wanja Kilber is chairman of the association Quarteera. Founded in Berlin 2011, the organisation of Russian-language lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their friends supports people who want to apply for asylum in Germany based on discrimination for their sexual orientation.

Peter Schmidt is Political scientist and Professor Emeritus of Empirical Social Research at the Institute of Political Science in Giessen. Since 2011 he is Co-director of the International Socio-cultural research labaratory of the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Time: 19.00 - 20.30 h
Venue: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI), Gartensaal, Goethestr. 31, 45128 Essen