The Austrian royal councilor Sigismund von Herberstein described in his report Rerum Moscoviticarum Commentarii Notes on Muscovite Affairs his observations during his travels in Moscow in and He noted that homosexuality was prevalent among all social classes.
The age of consent currently stands at 16 sinceregardless of sexual orientation.
Transsexual and transgender people can change their legal gender after corresponding medical procedures since As far as adoptions of children: Single persons living within Russia, regardless of their sexual orientationcan adopt children.
Russian children can be adopted by a single homosexual who lives in a foreign country provided that country does not recognize same-sex marriage. For more information about the daily reality of same-sex couples with children in Russia, read this article.
Russian Constitution guarantees the right of peaceful association. Public opinion in Russia tends to be hostile toward homosexuality and the level of intolerance has been rising. InRussia amended its federal law on the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.
The Committee recommended that the law should be repealed. Neither same-sex marriages nor civil unions of same-sex couples are allowed in Russia. We live in a civil society, we are guided by the federal law, [and] by the Constitution that clearly says: Such a marriage [same-sex] cannot be contracted in Russia.
According to reporting in Pravda. There is no such diagnosis as homosexuality in medicine. There is no such illness in the classification of [the] World Health Organization.
The new statute about military and medical expertise follows international law practice. Therefore the reasons for evaluating the ability to serve for homosexuals are the same: There is a visible LGBT community network, mostly in major cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburgincluding nightclubs and political organizations.
There have been notable objections to the organization of gay pride parades  in several Russian cities, most prominently Moscowwhere authorities have never approved a request to hold a gay pride rally.
The events still went on as planned, in defiance of their lack of authorization. Although authorities had claimed allowing pride events to be held would pose a risk of violence, the Court ruled that their decisions "effectively approved of and supported groups who had called for [their] disruption.Participants hold a rainbow flag as a policeman stops them during an LGBT community rally in central Moscow, Russia, May 30, The sign reads, "Love.
Don't make war".
Repression and Gay Rights in Russia A wave of anti-gay laws have brought Russia’s LGBT movement into the international spotlight, but activists are divided over strategies, including proposed boycotts.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Russia face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT persons. Although same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults in private was decriminalized in ,  homosexuals are viewed with contempt by most Russians, and same-sex couples and households headed by same .
Of course, gay rights are no better in many other Middle Eastern countries.
The ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) provides a comprehensive look at state-sponsored homophobia in a report. Row engulfs LGBT festival after organisers said some participants felt unsafe marching alongside police in uniform.
Potentially thousands of fans and athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer have arrived in Russia. LGBTIQ rights in Russia. We should remember that in.