“I’m gay, but I’m not like those perverts”: Perceptions of Self, the LGBT Community, and LGBT Activists among Gay and Bisexual Russian Men

Cai Weaver

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This chapter examines how gay and bisexual men in Russia perceive
themselves, the LGBT community, LGBT activists, and their political
viewpoints in the wake of the law prohibiting the propaganda of non-
traditional sexual relations. The aim is to understand how the way that they
view themselves and others might shape their (un)willingness to engage in
LGBT activism. The data consists of 25 interviews conducted during the
winter of 2016/17. The interviews reveal that in the construction of their
identity, these men drew upon dominant discourses of hegemonic masculinity
and rejected the subordinate markers of homosexual identities. They sought to
distance themselves from the imagined “LGBT community” and the actions of
LGBT activists, which they perceived as being “perverted” and “harmful”.
The chapter concludes that these men reject the premise for LGBT activism
and instead find solidarity with the heterosexual majority, perhaps at the
expense of the LGBT population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLGBTQ+ Activism in Central Eastern Europe : Resistance, Representation and Identity
EditorsRadzhana Buyantueva, Maryna Shevtsova
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20400-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20401-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Women's studies

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