Yelena Grigoriyeva was one of the Russian LGBT activists, who was risking their lives defending LGBTQ rights. She was violently killed right in front of her house; the killers were arrested and released quickly. Moreover, it is known that they were manipulated by the Gay Hunting organisation called SAW, which the famous horror movie franchise gave inspiration to.
The killing occurred on July 21, 2019. Soon – on July 26 – investigators announced that Yelena was stabbed nearly 8 times. One of the killers confessed that “she insulted him too much,” and that he had killed her because he “lost his temper.”
Yelena’s relatives claimed that she was receiving a great amount of threats on phone calls, messages and e-mail.
It is well known that homophobia and violence against the LGBTQ community has long prevailed in Russia. Unfotunately, the amount of hate speech targeting the gay community has increased seismically. A lot of them get bullied, beaten up and harassed by their parents or friends and strangers on the streets. However, Russia has plenty of LGBTQ activists and defenders, who can help or support the community. Additionally, there are those who are not against them, who are tolerant to different people and accept their differences.
There are plenty of tolerant countries who accept, help and support LGBTQ rights, like the Netherlands, the USA, the UK, Germany etc. However, this is not about a difference between countries and their relation to LGBTQ, rather about people. Undoubtedly, the country that people live in has a great influence on their minds regarding different social issues, but it doesn’t mean that people should think in tangent with government biases.
Every human being on this planet has a right to choose his, her or their biases and every person has a right to life. However, there are a lot of anti LGBTQ groups that have tried their best to spread fear and till now no action has been taken against them, since the Russian constitution doesn’t stipulate pro LGBTQ legislation, even though their rights are enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.