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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sisi, the guardian of sexual morals

The repression of the LGBT community in Egypt stems from the colonial legacy of imperialism and is driven by the middle class in its attempts to create its own version of “modernity.”       

El 'avión del odio', y el auge de CitizenGo

La plataforma derechista ha coordinado peticiones masivas, combinando acciones on-line y off-line. Su alcance está creciendo, alarmando a los activistas por los derechos humanos. English

Insurgent feminisms in Colombia

The unlikely alliance between the FARC and the Trans Community Network in Colombia provides grounds for hope in the building of peace and a dignified existence for transgender people. Español

Feminismos insurgentes en Colombia

La improbable alianza entre las FARC y la Red Comunitaria Trans proporciona bases para la esperanza en la construcción de la paz y una existencia digna para las personas transgénero. English

Life in the Chechen closet

Umar is 25 and from Gudermes in Chechnya. He is gay. What can the future hold for him in the macho, dzhigit, society he inhabits? He talked to Kseniya Leonova, the first time he has told anyone his story.

A Different Childhood

What is the experience of growing up gay in Russia? oDRussia publishes extracts of Sergey Khazov's semi-autobiographical novel — longlisted for a literary award in 2010, but deemed  'too politically sensitive' by publishers to make it into print. 

Kill or cure?

In Russia, homophobia is not just an attitude, but government policy, with new legislation reinforcing traditional hostility to sexual minorities and violence against gay people as common as ever. Svetlana Reiter discussed the situation with psychologist Vladimir Shakhidzhanian.

Rainbow Russia

What is life like for gay men and women in Russia? Sergey Khazov looks at the country's gay infrastructure, and discovers a very fragmented picture.

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