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Lessons in In/visibility: LGBT Lives Under Communism
11/08/2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00| Free
Officially LGBT people had no place in socialist societies, but of course, the reality was quite different. What is little known is that during the first years of Soviet rule, a sexual liberation was promoted, allowing LGBT people to enjoy unprecedented freedom, a public space to develop LGBT culture, and some legal provisions during the 1920s. Such tolerance did not last long though, and LGBT life could continue only in an underground mode, and with real risks.
Two speakers will present the testimonies of two different experiences: Irina Roldugina, a Moscow-based historian, activist and teacher will share some of her findings from the KGB archives covering the stories of LGBT people in the 20s and 30s. Jana Kociánová, a Czech LGBT activist will evoke her personal life experience as a lesbian in Socialist Czechoslovakia, and how she fought for her identity and safety over decades. The round table will be followed by a Q&A session. All event is in English and Czech.