Organisers of LGBTQ+ film festival in Russia: “We were a little naïve about the backlash that was going to happen!”
Estonian Rainbow Heroes of Culture, Gulya Sultanova and Manny de Guerre, who ran the LGBTQ+ film festival Side by Side in Russia, compare working in an atmosphere of bomb threats, intimidation and self-censorship to working to promote human rights in Russia in Estonia, where they run Q-Space, LGBTQ+ cultural program mainly aimed at the Russian-speaking community.
“In Lithuania, people are just tired.” An interview with Birutė Sabatauskaitė and Jūratė Juškaitė
The Baltic states are at very different points in terms of LGBT+ rights. Estonia lives in a bubble, says Jūratė Juškaitė from the Lithuanian Human Rights Centre.