LGBT Travellers

  • Russia is a conservative country and being gay is generally frowned upon. LGBT people face stigma, harassment and violence in their everyday lives.
  • Homosexuality isn't illegal, but promoting it (and other LGBT lifestyles) is. What constitutes promotion is at the discretion of the authorities.
  • There are active and relatively open gay and lesbian scenes in both Moscow and St Petersburg. Elsewhere, the gay scene tends to be underground.
  • Visit for information, good links and a resource for putting you in touch with personal guides for Moscow and St Petersburg.
  • Coming Out ( is the site of a St Petersburg–based support organisation.