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The Arts Resistance for the Right to Love 

When: Fri., May 29, 7-10 p.m. 2015
Phone: 510-298-7541
Price: Free
Since the passage of a 2013 law banning gay “propaganda,” homophobia in Russia has reached a fever pitch. Amid religious and nationalistic fervor, queer Russians face rampant discrimination, censorship, and, oftentimes, violence. And with heavy restrictions on protests, they are left with few channels through which to advocate for themselves. As an act of solidarity with Russia’s LGBTQ community, Bay Area poet and activist Zarina Zabrisky (who is originally from St. Petersburg) organized “The Arts Resistance for the Right to Love: In Support of LGBT Community in Russia.” The interdisciplinary event takes place at Liminal (3037 38th Ave., Oakland) on May 29 at 7 p.m. Authors of various backgrounds will read poetry and prose — including Zabrisky herself, as well as Neeli Cherkovsky, Vernon Keeve III, Naamen Tilahun, Brenda Usher-Carpino, and others. Queer, Belarusian-American artist Stella Kisstiger will show new paintings and San Francisco rock band Wyatt Act will perform. With most of the Bay Area’s small Russian community concentrated in San Francisco’s Richmond District and suburbs like Walnut Creek, the event is a rare opportunity for Russian-American LGBTQ people and allies to gather in Oakland and draw attention to this important cause.
— Nastia Voynovskaya


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