Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi

TitleRussian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHealey, Dan
Number of Pages312
PublisherBloomsbury Academic Press
CityLondon, UK

Examining nine 'case histories' that reveal the origins and evolution of homophobic attitudes in modern Russia, the author Dan Healey asserts that the nation's contemporary homophobia can be traced back to the particular experience of revolution, political terror and war its people endured after 1917. His book explores the roots of homophobia in the Gulag, the rise of a visible queer presence in Soviet cities after Stalin, and the political battles since 1991 over whether queer Russians can be valued citizens. Healey also reflects on the problems of 'memorylessness' for Russia's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) movement more broadly and the obstacles it faces in trying to write its own history. The book makes use of little-known source material - much of it untranslated archival documentation - to explore how Russians have viewed same-sex love and gender transgression since the mid-20th century. [publisher]

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