Photo(s) of the Day: Gay activists in Russia

Head over to Mother Jones to check out these photos of gay activists in Russia by Danish photographer Mads Nissen.

Ilmira Shayhraznova and Elena Yakovleva

Photo credit: Mads Nissen

Here’s Ilmira Shayhraznova and Elena Yakovleva, who, along with four other gay couples, attempted to file marriage applications at the St. Petersburg municipal office to protest the country’s “gay propaganda” law. Since the law was passed last summer, there’s been an uptick in anti-gay violence, but–no doubt aided by the increased scrutiny thanks to the Sochi Olympics–the activists also say it’s helped the cause. “Before, it wasn’t accepted to talk about this,” activist Yana Petrova said. “Now, there are no neutral people left. Everyone wants to express their opinion. That’s good. Debate is the only thing that can lead to any battle or change.”

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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