Openly gay candidates run for office in Russia

Bulat Barantayev and Aleksei Korolyov are the first openly gay men to run for office in Russia’s legislature, the Duma, in modern history. Both candidates are LGBT+ activists and hope to serve as an example for other LGBT+ Russians.

In 2013, Russia passed a law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships” to minors. Since then, it has grown more dangerous to be publicly LGBT+ in the country. While both candidates concede they have little chance of winning, they believe it is an important step forward for the LGBT+ community.

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