Legal Wounds: Deconstruction of Gay and Lesbian Rights in the Russian Legal Discourse

This research concerns the study of the rights of gays and lesbians in Russia. Decisive role in this process is played by forces that govern modern legal discourse. The researcher will answer the question of how human actors themselves understand their legal status: what rights they have, how much those rights are valuable to them. An attempt to interpret the discursive truths will be based on articulated data, as well as on the unspoken ideas that shape the discourse on rights and, ultimately, constitutes the subjective reality of the research objects. The empirical material will be collected in two ways: by organizing  discussions in focus groups and by depth interviews (life histories). The collected materials will be studied to obtain conclusions in different stages. All data will be anonymized to maintain confidentiality.