The attitude to same-sex unions in Russia and former Soviet Republics is extremely negative. As of today, Russian legislation does not allow same-sex couples to marry. Those of them who don’t want to hide have to go abroad like the heroes of our today’s post.
The guys, Max and Roman, are citizens of Kazakhstan who have been staying in Brazil for more than 8 years. They met 9 years ago in a gay club and never separated since then. Roman was born in 1978, graduated from the Altai State University and got a degree in journalism. He is very popular in Kazakhstan due to his work on the radio and as a deputy chief editor of ‘TimeOut Almaty’ .
Max was born in 1976 and graduated from the Almaty Polytechnic University. He has a degree in oil and gas field development and operation. He is an oil worker in an international company. 8 years ago Max was shifted from Kazakhstan to Brazil and Roman followed him.
Roman likes cooking while Max is responsible for washing dishes.
Max says there is no difference between them and any other regular family. They have the same problems and joys and have to pay the same bills at the end of the month.
In Rio de Janeiro the two have a company of their own with a famous logo.
The Russian nesting doll with a Brazilian flag in the middle attracts a lot of attention as everybody here knows where the symbol is from.
Not many Kazakhstan citizens are willing to visit Brazil as a visa is still needed to enter the country and there are no direct flights from Almaty to Rio.
Roman is very upset with the fact that other practitioners of gay tourists who speak Russian are interested only in having sex with Brazilian mulattoes and going to clubs and never in learning more facts about the history of the country or observing the main sights.
Now when the two have got used to their new life they can recollect their past without any emotions.
They have proven that they stay together for 3 years and obtained a residence visa. Max could get the permission because he stayed in Brazil for 4 years using a working visa. Now they are planning to apply for Brazilian citizenship.
Max was scared that his partner wouldn’t like the city. So he hired a helicopter to show the wonderful view of Rio. Since that moment Roman had no doubts any longer.
The pets who have Russian names.
Rio is full of wonders and surprises, its inhabitants seem happy and always smile.
The guys speak the language and know traditions of the country but can never forget their Motherland and try to visit Almaty as often as they can.
He has garbage bags in his pocket as Brazilian dogs’ owners always clean up after their pets.
They have found a cosy house in the country and are planning to move there in the nearest future. The house has two floors, three bedrooms, a garden and a beautiful yard. Its rent will cost 1000 dollars.
Recognition of same-sex unions in Brazil has occurred since 2004. The two just attended a notary and signed needed papers. Now they are officially considered as a family.
They didn’t have any wedding ceremony yet but are planning one.
As the US dollar fell to the lowest level against the Real, the life in Rio is becoming more expensive and it’s high time to acquire a house of your own not to pay rent any longer.
Beef here is much softer than in Kazakhstan as cows eat fresh grass 365 days a year but never hay.
Visiting a club.
There are many different clubs in Brazil including gay clubs. Though kissing guys or girls can be met always anywhere.
The country has a logo of its own stating that ‘Brazil is one for all’ which means that there is no discrimination between black or white, rich or poor, naturals or gays.
Local people are very hospitable. They don’t care what country you are from and what your nationality is. What kind of person you are is the only thing that matters here.
According to the guys’ words, staying in Brazil is much less dangerous than in Moscow or Kazakhstan where same-sex unions are not welcomed.
The guys say they are very happy. They definitely quarrel from time to time but it’s natural to have arguments for loving people. What they lack is indifference which they hope not to be familiar with ever.