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Roman Kalinin
(1966 - living) Russia

Roman Kalinin

Activist

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Roman engaged in numerous protest demonstrations demanding human rights for gays and lesbians in his country; he also agitated for the repeal of laws which criminalized homosexuality (which Boris Yeltsin finally did in 1993); at the age of 24 he became co-chair of the Moscow Union of Lesbians and Homosexuals (MULH); founder of the first Russian gay and lesbian organization; editor of Tema, Russia's first gay and lesbian newspaper; he was named Advocate magazine's Person of the Year for 1991.

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