Russia, St Petersburg. November 2014. A posed portrait of Lesbian couple ?O? (27, right) and ?D? (23, left). They were on their way home after a jazz concert, it was late by the time they got off at their subway stop. They were alone as they went up the escalator to get to the street level apart from two men in front of them. As they traveled up to street level, they took each other?s hand and kissed. They came out of the subway and starting walking home. Suddenly ?O? felt a blow to the back of her neck: ?fucking lesbians? the stranger yelled. He then turned and punched ?D? in the face. ?O? tried to defend her but was punched in the face too. ?O? screamed: ?what are you doing? We are just sisters? he replied, ?Don?t lie, I saw you kissing and you are spreading LGBT propaganda?. The remark was in reference to the ?Anti LGBT Propaganda Towards Minors? law recently adopted in Russia. He continued to kick and punch ?O? and ?D? screaming ?No LGBT? and finally ?If I see you again I will kill you? and then left. All this time the attackers colleague was filming the attack with his phone. Talking about the attack ?O? says: ?The real fear I experienced was not for myself, it was for the one I love. The fear struck me when I realized I couldn?t do anything to protect her.? ?O? continues: ?Now, in Russia, holding hands is dangerous for us. But if the goal of these attackers was to separate us, they failed. They only made our relationship stronger?.
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RESIST by Robin Hammond | Where Love is Illegal, Russia, 2014

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© Robin Hammond / NOOR

' ‘D’ and ‘O’, from Russia, were attacked because they dared to walk in the street holding hands. Being photographed for ‘Where Love Is Illegal’, a campaign against homophobia, was an action that defied those who would deny their love, and who they are. They taught me a valuable lesson: The greatest form of resistance can be the courage to be yourself.' - Robin Hammond

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 Russia, St Petersburg. November 2014. A posed portrait of Lesbian couple ?O? (27, right) and ?D? (23, left). They were on their way home after a jazz concert, it was late by the time they got off at their subway stop. They were alone as they went up the escalator to get to the street level apart from two men in front of them. As they traveled up to street level, they took each other?s hand and kissed. They came out of the subway and starting walking home. Suddenly ?O? felt a blow to the back of her neck: ?fucking lesbians? the stranger yelled. He then turned and punched ?D? in the face. ?O? tried to defend her but was punched in the face too. ?O? screamed: ?what are you doing? We are just sisters? he replied, ?Don?t lie, I saw you kissing and you are spreading LGBT propaganda?. The remark was in reference to the ?Anti LGBT Propaganda Towards Minors? law recently adopted in Russia. He continued to kick and punch ?O? and ?D? screaming ?No LGBT? and finally ?If I see you again I will kill you? and then left. All this time the attackers colleague was filming the attack with his phone. Talking about the attack ?O? says: ?The real fear I experienced was not for myself, it was for the one I love. The fear struck me when I realized I couldn?t do anything to protect her.? ?O? continues: ?Now, in Russia, holding hands is dangerous for us. But if the goal of these attackers was to separate us, they failed. They only made our relationship stronger?.