Moldova’s LGBT Community Faces a Russia-Inspired Media Crackdown

Moldova’s LGBT Community Faces a Russia-Inspired Media Crackdown
Gay rights supporters with their mouths covered with rainbow colored tape during a protest, Chisinau, Moldova, April 27, 2007 (AP photo by Dan Morar).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on LGBT rights and discrimination in various countries around the world.

While Moldova’s LGBT community enjoys some legal protection against discrimination, public perceptions remain negative, and domestic proponents of a pro-Russian agenda have launched a propaganda campaign that has left LGBT people more and more exposed. Their battle is increasingly focusing on restrictions on their use of media and information platforms to mobilize for their rights. In an email interview, Anastasia Danilova, executive director of the GENDERDOC-M Information Center, Moldova’s only LGBT rights organization, describes the increasingly hostile environment in the country, and how activists are responding.

WPR: What is the general climate for LGBT people in Moldova, and how has it evolved in recent years?

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