Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Russia
Russia LGBT Rights:
Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes
Same-sex Relationships Recognized? No
Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No
Same-sex Adoption Allowed? Not really
◊ If you are single you can adopt children regardless of sexual orientation, but same-sex couples can not adopt children
Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes, since 1993
◊ However, do to homophobia in the military, most choose not to serve openly.
Anti-discrimination Laws? No
Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Yes
◊ Transexual and Transgender people can change their legal gender after undergoing medical procedures.
Cultural Points of Interest:
“Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia” is a book by David Tuller describing his travels exploring the underground gay world in Russia.
Gay.ru – A forum and community site for the Russian LGBT community. The website has information in both Russian and English, and over 15,000 articles/documents providing information for visitors to gay.ru.