International Party for LGBT magazine ‘KVIR’ has taken place in 12 Volt
Moscow, 30th November 2003.
Several months ago GLBT
Center "Together" started monthly gay magazine,
(the only non-online source of information for Russian gays, bisexuals
and those interested in LGBT issues).
The initial idea of this project was to
diverse and reliable
information about health, entertainment, human rights, politics and
other issues related to LGBT life in Russia available to all interested
people (especially living in rural parts of Russia with low living
We were going to
disseminate the magazine for free or for the token price. Due to lack of
financing, the Centre is regrettably forced to charge a nominal fee for
it and it cannot cover the expenses even close. That's why we have
decided to organize a fundraising party to help this project survive.
The party took place on
November 29th in 12 Volt Club and was open for everyone. It collected
more than 40 friends, readers and supporters of this magazine and our
Center. Willing donors got a special "thank you" subscription to KVIR
for one year.
guests the party was attended by
Prof. Lars O. Kallings (UN
Secretary-General's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe)
Dr. Pedro Chequer (UNAIDS
Representative in RF).
“I sincerely hope that the gay
community in Russia could be more visible and would be able to step
forward to participate openly in the efforts to prevent and treat
HIV/AIDS. Fighting discrimination and stigmatisation is key to reach
that goal. That fight figures high on the UN agenda. I hope that you
are not feeling abandoned but embraced by a global solidarity.
It was encouraging that people living with HIV/AIDS had the courage
to appear and speak from the rostrum at this years World AIDS Day in
Moscow. I hope that we can work together to increase the visibility
step by step.”
“In many countries worldwide, human
rights of minorities are not considered as an important issue to be
addressed. In some of them, despite existence of national laws that
guarantee respect and protection as well as punishment in case of
violations, the law is rarely enforced and in some situations, human
rights violations are silent supported by politicians, authorities
and important segments of society. This happens frequently when is
related to sexual minorities in conservative societies.
In the Russian Federation,
despite clear improvement observed, human rights of gays, lesbians
and transsexuals are far away of the desirable level. A lot need to
be done in this field. The existence of some initiatives such as the
Magazine Kvir deserves our full support and recognition. In addition
to this specific issue, Kvir Magazine has systematically discussed
topics related to HIV/AIDS in terms of prevention and care as well
as rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. This is a very important
step in order to raise awareness among highly vulnerable population.
UNAIDS fully support this initiative as part of a comprehensive
approach to face the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Russian Federation.”
GLBT Center "Together"
grateful to Prof. Kallings and Dr.
Chequer for their visit, support and kind words. On
would like to hearty
all of you
donated for the project and especially Jan Van Esch for his great help
in organizing the event. It really means a lot for us! With your support
we hope to make the publication even better and are always open for
GLBT Centre "Together" is a non-profit public organization whose aim
is to fight for equal rights for Russian gays, lesbians & transsexuals,
to secure the right to privacy, to help create long-term relationships,
and to promote involvement in gay community life. We are the only GLBT
community-based organisation, working exclusively with GLBT in Russia at
the national level.
KVIR monthly periodical, the only Russian magazine for gays,
bisexuals and those interested in gay issues (www.kvir.ru). This
magazine is aimed at the “non-online audience”, people living in
regions, and those who visit www.gay.ru rarely. This non-profit project
is designed to provide society with correct and diverse information on
homosexuality, to increase public tolerance of homosexuals, awareness on
safer sex and HIV/AIDS issues, as well as to provide support to and
unify the gay community.