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"(No) Way Out": How to Stop Engaging in Activism
Activism can't provide everything at the same time: be it support, narcissistic comfort, a sense of meaning, pleasure, etc. As in a case of
"People are afraid not of getting sick, but of being hospitalized"
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Escape to (non)freedom: the reality of inclusion inside queer parties
When I come to a queer party, I try to find myself in a space free from both prejudice and stereotypes, but, surprisingly, the breath of
From Okrestina to Berghain: 'I write, therefore I am'
The process of writing is very therapeutic to me. I want to write out my prison experience. To document it, to free myself of it, and move
“Most of All I Wanted to Run Away”: Toxic Parents of LGBTQIAP People
Not everyone remembers their childhood with gratitude and nostalgia. To many people their relationship with parents is a story of trauma
“She Already Helped Just by Listening To Me”
“Kiss me everywhere, I’m already eighteen”, went one of my childhood’s popular songs. The philosophy of legal adulthood that applies to
“The Gym”: A Ghetto for Men’s Beauty and Strength
Modern culture subjects men’s as well as women’s appearance to analysis, control and careful scrutiny. While the “making” of a woman’s body
“To Make Changes in One’s Life”: Oleg Tells His Transition Story
Transition is unique for every t* person. Some people only want hormone therapy, others require a legal name and/or gender marker change,
“You are also people, even though somewhat different!”
The responses of psychologists and journalists working for the №1 newspaper for adolescents “Perehodnoi Vozrast” (The coming of age)
“You, Me, Him, and Our Masculinities”
What is masculinity, why do violence and homophobia matter for “real” men, how does the patriarchal idea of men influence society as a
10 Myths About Asexuality
On being in harmony with oneself, one the beauty of the human body and on the differences between being asexual and selling out your soul.
Art Club Babylon
The legendary club Babylon was one of the most glamorous venues is Minsk, loved by both homosexual and straight public. Youngsters under 18
Beyond the Visible: LGBTQIAP People’s Life in Small Towns
Does the place where you live influence the level of privacy in your life? Does living in the capital provide greater freedom in revealing
Every Gay Rights Movement Mirrors the General Picture of What’s Happening in Society
Why has the first Belarusian pride parade remained the best attended one? What is the problem with registered organizations and how can
Facets of Polyamorous Relationships: Invisible Stories in a Monogamous World
When people speak of a romantic union, they call it a couple or a family, the latter also implying two partners. We rarely stop to think
Family values Versus The Family
Are there indeed such things as the “traditional family”, “traditional sex” and “traditional love”?
Gender Stereotypes in Out-Of-Home Advertising
Mass media take part directly in constructing gender alongside such traditional agents of socialisation as family, the education system and
Hate Speech in Comment Sections: an IMHO or Media’s Complicity in Hate Crimes?
One out of four comments under the article titled “Peculiarities of Belarusian Tolerance” contains hate speech. It came out on TUT.BY,
In Search of a Place: Looking Back at the Gay Pride History in Minsk
Belarus is the first post-Soviet country to have organized a series of protests in support of LGBTQ human rights. This article will
Nobody Has Been Gathering Here For Five Years Now
What did the Panikoūka mean to its frequenters? What did they hope to find here? What made them come here every day on the clock like it
Olga Gorbunova: Society is responsible for whom it fosters
Since 1981, all across the world, November 25th has been celebrated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
TemaVIDOS: It Became More Than a Hobby, It Became Our Whole Life
TemaVIDOS is a creative team that, according to the members, produces “parody, absurdity, slapstick, freak show, and a little bit of
The Body Positivity Movement in Belarus: “When You Don't Have to Hide What Makes You Special”
The idea of body positivity is being actively explored on the Interent today. In social networks and blogs, people share their stories and
Transgender Women: At the Intersection of Discriminations
It may seem that transgender women are included in several communities that fight for their rights: feminism and LGBTQ (which also means
Violence and Powerlessness
On December, 9, 2014 the Minsk City Court considered a cassation appeal in Mikhail Pishchevsky’s battery case. Psychologist Polina Linnik
Kacia Pytleva: People Still Write To Me Asking To Bring The Girls Party Back
At the L Party, apart from dancing and having drinking one could watch a movie and listen to live music. The L Party organiser tells us why
“I Wouldn’t Have Made it if it Weren’t For This Place”
“Even by taxi it still would take long to get there. It was a no-nonsense bar. No censorship. No glamour. Big things happened there — harsh
They Used To Call This Place "The Balcony"
The Balcony was a gathering place for the Vitebsk LGBT community. How did it emerge and where has it gone? Who were the people who used to
Virginity as a Sociocultural Relic
Following the overthrow of the femininity and beauty myths, it is the concept of virginity that is put in question. Is it yet another form
Religious Website Editor Natallia Vasilevich On The Church, Religion, And LGBT
The existence of orthodox believers of homosexual orientation is not a farfetched theory about a possible but barely noticeable percentage
Rejected Bodies: How the Media Make Us Hate Ourselves
How product and service promotion in the sphere of “beauty” presses unrealistic standards of appearance on us and denies the biological
Why Violence Against LGBT People Is Not Just «Misdemeanours»
The reason for this article was the tragedy that happened to Mikhail Pishchevsky in May 2014.
Domestic Violence in LGBT Families
In a society where cultural politics are determined by the tight corset of “traditional morality”, even the dealing out of blows strictly
«Would Have Long Helped Him Open Up, Had I Sensed Anything»
For parents, news about their child being homosexual or transgender often comes as a surprise.
Let’s Live Together
Two couples speak of their relationships with the world around them and with each other.