Olga Doletskaya (UCL) - 2021-22 Students
"(Il)legal parenthood: examining the complexities of queer parenting in Russia "
Russia is a famously hostile state to its LGBTQ+ citizens. The past two decades have been marked with increasingly homophobic legislation which excludes queer individuals from parenthood and portrays them as a threat to the country’s core values. Many queer families and activists have emigrated, fearing for the wellbeing of their families. However, even more remain. Despite the deeply hostile state, queer people successfully build families, access adoption and assisted reproduction, and co-parent with their partners. The stories of these families are missing from the academic and political discourse.