Masha Gessen & Joseph Huff-Hannon: Gay Propaganda Discussion & Book Signing
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20036
"This project comes at a really important time. There’s nothing like putting a
human face on the struggle for acceptance and equality. Love conquers all."
—Greg Louganis, Olympic gold medalist
Since Russia's ill-defined ban on "homosexual propaganda" was passed in June 2013, attacks, firings, and hate crimes have spiked across the country, and show no sign of abating. Gay Propaganda collects stories of long-term commitment, dating, and daily life, offering an intimate window into the lives of Russians persecuted for who they love.
Edited by award winning journalist and author Masha Gessen and journalist Joseph Huff-Hannon, its publication in English and Russian echoes the dissident form of samizdat – a censored publication distributed widely by grassroots activists. It includes reflections from the owners of the only gay bar in Sochi, LGBT parents, and those arrested for protesting, among others.