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. Â 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.