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The Great Mothers. LGBTIQ+ and feminist characters in Kazakh fairy tales
Zhanar Sekerbayeva shows that the perceptions of gender roles in the Kazakh society represented in fairy tales and legends are not at all straightforward....
Women at war. Problems of Ukrainian women fighters in the times of full-scale invasion
How the state's policy towards women in the armed forces has changed over the 30 years of Ukraine's independence, what challenges women have faced since the full-scale invasion, and...
Code 103. How prosecution under Article 120 in Uzbekistan really works
How blackmail, extortion, and ill-treatment are part of “sodomy” investigations, and why consensual sex is still criminalised in Uzbekistan, a country that announced 2022 the year of “human interest”. ...
Coming out during war: Doubled unsafety
Two stories of people who, among other things, have to defend their rights, and whose feeling of unsafety has doubled...
“Just black out my name.”
When I started shooting the photo project Just Black Out My Name, one of the subjects asked me not to mention/black out her name. The photos with her are...
The weaponization of homophobia in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus
When countries take authoritarian turns, it is the LGBT community that ends up as the canary in the coal mine......
In the wake of the USSR: LGBT 2022
Russia is a vast country with huge ambitions. Claiming to be the full-fledged heir of the dissolved USSR, the Russian Federation remains a reference point for many of the...
“X”: photography project capturing lives of LGBTQ people in Kyrgyzstan
This is the story of my friend Daria and her girlfriend. We shared a flat, their relationship developed before my eyes, it was about someone close to me —...
“As a Last Resort, We Will Jump Into the River”.
Among Kurdish youth searching for a better life in Europe, there are also homosexuals who are tired of concealing their orientation. Belarusian journalist Evgenia Dolgaya who spoke to some...