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Seeking Sanctuary

In the irst of a series of interviews with LGBT+ asylum seekers in Ireland, Brian Finnegan meets sociologist Evgeny Shtorn, who had to suddenly lee his home in Russia’s St. Petersburg ater he was faced with an impossible choice that could have cost him his life.
Interview Putin’s Russia – Anti-gay Law – Direct Provision
Photo by Babs Daly.

Last January 35 year-old Evgeny Shtorn arrived in Ireland, having upended his entire life to flee Russia after he found himself in an impossible and possibly life-endangering situation. Before he was forced to leave his home, Evgeny worked at the Centre for Independent Social Research, a think tank which provides sociological research in areas that are not covered by official Russian academia, like LGBT+ studies or studies of racism.

Legislation introduced in Russia in 2012 under Putin requires non-profit organisations like the Centre for Independent Social Research, who receive foreign donations and engage in “political activity” to register and declare themselves as foreign agents. According to Evgeny: “On official levels they say that this law does not affect the physical person, it’s just against the organisations, but in reality it does. Everybody who works for these organisations is targeted as a foreign agent and is in danger.”

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We’ve got so much to talk about in this month’s issue, we’d better get started! Leading the charge is our cover star Conor O’Brien, the voice behind The Villagers. Conor dropped in to talk about their new album and what it’s like being an out gay man in the business. On a further musical note, Irish electro band Eden celebrate 20 years in the industry. They had many a tale to tell and GCN was delighted to listen! The GAZE film festival takes over cinema screens this month so we caught up with Desiree Akhavan, the writer and director of the much-lauded gay conversion therapy film The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, along with the creators of the essential documentary Outitude, detailing the history of Ireland’s lesbian community. On a more serious note, Evgeny Shtorn details his escape from Russian persecution only to be caught in the bureaucracy that is Ireland’s Direct Provision System. Plus Jamie Brady provides a hard-hitting photo essay on the effects on Grindr on the young male psyche. With all that awesome content on offer, you better start reading now!