One of St. Petersburg's LGBT organizations (the abbreviation formed from the first letters of the names of sexual and gender minorities - lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders) has lately released a series of social advertising under the slogan "Yes, we are a couple and have common children!" Contrary to the opinion of many people, there are a lot of LGBT families in Russia. But most of them prefer not to publicize their sexual orientation.
The aim of the project is to show people, including homosexuals themselves, that gay families exist and function successfully in our society, that children grow up in love and care, that these families are as happy as the families with heterosexual parents.
"We decided to be shot for the project, because we simply wanted to capture the moments of our life. This is what photos are supposed to serve for. Without any ideology... What would we like to change? Attitude. We don't want our families to be treated as something perverse. We don't want our children to be afraid of admitting, without any consequences for themselves, that their parents are homosexual. "
"Our family is very nice and happy. We live in a communal room with my relatives who understand and support us. We both work, our son is in the 5th grade. We've been together for 3 years. The son understands and supports us. He likes my half, Katyusha, and is very friendly with her. We have participated in this project with great pleasure. This is, first of all, because of the wonderful photographer, with whom I have been acquainted for a long time, whom I know and love. And secondly, we already came out of the closet many years ago and are not afraid of anybody. Our families support us and the son loves us both. With the help of this project, we wanted to show that lesbian couples are very attractive and feminine, and not as those bald brutal drunken rednecks as we are usually represented.)))) To change the position of the state in relation to same-sex unions in Russia seems to be impossible. But actually we have a lot of questions, both legal and moral... "
"Our family is ordinary. Fun, friendly and happy. That's why we decided to be shot for the project. To show that we are not different from other families. We hope, it's obvious?) It is difficult for us to regulate different legal issues relating to common children, common property and so on, so we'd like very much the same-sex marriages to be legalized. And we also want people to be tolerant of any minorities, including the sexual ones. "