The Saint Petersburg based Side by Side LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Film Festival is taking on the Russian capital for the first time bringing four days of film and discussion relating to LGBT rights and issues to the Moscow audience at the end of April.
Over the course of the four days of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival the general public will have the chance to get acquainted with alternative opinion to that being propagated by conservative voices within the Russian government, the orthodox church, far right and ultra national groups.
Discussions will focus on the censorship of LGBT issues in the Russian press, changing attitudes towards the LGBT community with the experience of Denmark, the Czech Republic and Russia and bringing up children in same sex families.
Among the experts are Masha Gessen - Journalist, Writer, LGBT Activist (Russia), Yuri Dzhibladze - Member of the Presidential Council for Human Rights (Russia) and Martin Putna - Human Rights Activist (Czech Republic).
The Side by Side LGBT Film Festival is partner of the Movies that Matter support programme.