“After the new law was passed, repression really kicked in,” said 17-year-old Guryanov.“People would give us weird looks. They were wild. They looked at us as if we were animals.”
In a new documentary, Young and Gay in Putin’s Russia, to be released by Vice and gay rights campaigning group Stonewall, Guryanov and other LGBT Russians come together to warn the world that they do not feel safe.
They warn that the “brutal” laws have led to an increase in homophobic violence, arrests, suicides and the proliferation of vigilante groups in Russia, who want to hunt out LGBT people online.