Report: LGBTI+ Persons in St. Petersburg Face Psychosocial and Socioeconomic Hardships
This month, the St. Petersburg based initiative group – Coming Out – launched its third annual report on the situation for LGBTI+ persons living in Russia’s second largest city. The group surveyed over 1,225 members of the LGBTI+ community in 2020 to assess issues and challenges they face.
The survey found an increase in the number of those individuals who reported having been threatened (20 % of respondents, whereas it was 16 % in 2019). In addition, approximately 40% of those surveyed reported being insulted or harassed based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The pandemic and related restrictions in 2020 brought psychosocial and socioeconomic challenges to LGBTI+ persons who may have lost jobs or housing. At least 60% of respondents indicated a deterioration in their psychological state due to the pandemic and related stress.
Groups such as Coming Out support members of the LGBTI+ community facing hardships – both psychosocial and socioeconomic – due to discrimination and marginalisation in the society.