Steven Beckly

Last month, I was invited by LGBT organization Coming Out to participate in the Festival of Queer Culture, which began in 2009, and takes place every September in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Last year, due to complaints from public organizations concerning the subject matter of the festival, their exhibition space was closed by authorities a day before the opening. The exhibition was moved to an old garage. This year, despite provocations at the opening and media censorship, all of the festival events were held in their full form. For more information on the festival, visit their website.