We tried to live in Russian within the framework of Russian law, but instead the authorities broke the law themselves to seize our passports. Emma Green Tregaro pictured in and Moa Hjelmer pictured in were among the first athletes to make prominent statements against the law. In both cases, police failed to investigate, the psychologist said, and the cases only came to her attention later when the survivors were referred for mental health treatment following suicide attempts. Of course, there are those who sometimes bully her, shout bad things at her. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutkoresponding to questions raised in the international community about the implications of the new law on the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi said the controversy over Russia's anti-gay propaganda law is an "invented problem" created by the Western media  and that the law does not discriminate against anyone.
Others explained how the internet offered them privacy and the freedom to explore the questions they had without risking an abusive encounter with an adult or peer.
This psychologist stressed that whether a LGBT youth or a parent received knowledgeable, supportive care from a psychologist depended on a chance encounter with a supportive professional who was willing to risk running afoul of the law. She was struggling to accept the fact that she is lesbian and as a result, she developed self-hatred. Critics say that the statute is written so broadly that it is in effect a complete ban on the gay rights movement and any public expression of LGBT culture. Archived from the original on 3 October LGBT rights activistshuman rights activistsand other critics stated that the broad and vague wording of the law, which was characterized as a ban on gay propaganda by the media, made it a crime to publicly make statements or distribute materials in support of LGBT rights, hold pride parades or similar demonstrations,  state that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships, or according to Human Rights Campaign HRC president Chad Griffineven display LGBT symbols such as the rainbow flag or kiss a same-sex partner in public. I see a connection between the growth in our activity [the inscreasing demand for counselling] and the law.
You Might Also Like. Others explained how the internet offered them privacy and the freedom to explore the questions they had without risking an abusive encounter with an adult or peer. But when they shout something after me, I just go away quickly, hiding on the stairs. LGBT youth and adults in Russia—as with nearly everywhere in the world—often meet peers online, where they feel safe exchanging information and expressing their identities and feelings. Archived from the original on 1 October