A Russian activist posts beautiful pictures of people who say hateful things to her

Lena Klimova, the founder of Children-404, an online support network for LGBT teens in Russia similar to the It Gets Better campaign in the United States, has launched a new project meant to shame the Internet users who send her death threats.

On April 20, Klimova unveiled a photo album, titled “Beautiful People and What They Say to Me,” where she posted publicly available pictures of individuals in their everyday lives, overlaid with the threatening messages they’ve sent her on VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network.

The photos show the individuals in situations that are casual and intimate: a man poses with a goat, a woman hugs a bouquet of roses, and so on. The text, however, is vicious and obscene, creating a violent juxtaposition between these people’s identities as private individuals and public homophobes.

Read more, and see some of the (modified to obscure identities) pictures, here. 

One thought on “A Russian activist posts beautiful pictures of people who say hateful things to her

  1. Thanks for posting this. In Russia right now, especially on this topic, there’s good reason to think that the threats of violence are not all empty, and good reason to think the police and political authorities would not do much to help. It’s a brave project she’s undertaking in this case.

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