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Fired Teacher Not Alone as Gay Activists Push Back in St. Petersburg

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

In November, Anastasia was a well-respected teacher giving music classes at a school for disabled children in St. Petersburg.
 
By December, she was unemployed and battling a nervous breakdown, her teaching career in tatters.
 
The young woman, who gives her name only as Anastasia, was fired from her job after being exposed as homosexual by an antigay activist.
 
"I couldn't understand why I was being dismissed, because I hadn't done anything wrong, I hadn't violated any laws," she tells RFE/RL. "I don't shout about my [sexual] orientation at the top of my lungs, I don't go around carrying a banner. I just live my life, I work, I play music, that's all."
 
Anastasia's plight underscores what gay-rights activists say is deeply entrenched homophobia in Russia, where a controversial law banning the promotion of "nontraditional sexual relations" has been in place since 2013.
 

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Fired Teacher Not Alone as Gay Activists Push Back in St. Petersburg

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