Author Archives: Zach Fithian

Having a gay old time…in Russia?

If you have read my previous article or are knowledgeable of Russian politics and social life, you know already that Russia has struggled to respect its LGBTQ+ citizens. Given that I had studied Russian for four years prior to my departure for St. Petersburg, I was also aware of this and was nothing if not

Russia and gay rights: A student’s perspective

When one ponders civil rights issues in Russia, the thoughts that follow probably aren’t great. Russian society has struggled to properly care for particular groups throughout its history, including women, people of color and LGBTQ+ people. Even though individuals of these identities have claimed their fame in Russian history, the nation still struggles to embrace