I am a photographer who has been documenting the struggles of the LGBT communities in Belarus and Moscow. Their fight for equal rights has been one of true struggle. They have been met with violence and discrimination from their governments, religious leaders, and right-wing skinhead groups. This May, I will once again be living with these activists in Minsk, Moscow, and St. Petersburg documenting their fight for the very human right of just being who they are.
One set of portraits is of leading LGBT activists. I also worked very hard to get portraits from the opposition. This includes: riot police, ( I say this because the police arrest participants of prides in these countries,) religious protestors, and skinheads.