The Fourth LGBTQIAPP+ Family Conference

Openness and solidarity. Risks and opportunities.

The conference will take place on November 10 – 12, 2017, in Moscow, Russia.

It is organised by Resource LGBTQIA Moscow, centre for social, psychological and cultural projects.


We would like to invite a broad spectrum of specialists to take part in the conference: psychologists, sociologists, researchers, philosophers, lawyers, human rights activists and specialists of the helping professions who work with LGBTQIAs, LGBTQIA couples, families and partnerships and who are interested in these issues.

Also, we would like to extend a special invitation to LGBTQIA couples, families and partnerships as well as all LGBTQIAs who care about acknowledgement, openness and standing for their rights in Russia.

It is our desire that our views which support open discussion and the acknowledgment of diversity in partnerships and families that really does exist in Russia will become an alternative to the trend for the strengthening of patriarchal family values in Russia.

Our conference is an opportunity to express solidarity between specialists of the helping professions and the LGBTQIA community, to see prospects for cooperation, help and support, and an opportunity to share valuable experience and knowledge, and through this to create a space free from discrimination, which supports practices of respect and acknowledgment towards different families and partnerships.

The conference will be a platform for presentations and discussions on pressing topics, gatherings where participants can share their unique personal experience, educational seminars, our trademark round table discussion for psychologists working with the LGBTQIA community, and workshops connected with relationships, children in LGBTQIA families and much more!

We are also planning to invite specialists and LGBTQIA families from abroad to the conference.

Everyone interested in issues, such as family, partnerships and the transformation of the institution of marriage in present-day society, will find something of interest in the programme of the conference.

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To ensure the safety of our participants, the address of the venue will be sent privately to those who have completed the registration form.

Timetable of the Fourth LGBTQIAPP+ Family Conference

Friday, November 10

Time Event
18.30 – 19.30 Registration
19.30 – 20.30 Grand opening ceremony, welcome speeches, announcement, presentation of the book and website of family stories
(Great Hall)
20.30 – 21.00 Concert of the “Resource” Music club
(Great Hall )

Saturday, November 11

Time Event
09.30 – 10.30 Registration, fellowship, coffee
10.30 – 11.00 Introduction of the events of the day
11.00 – 12.30 Presentation 1 (Great Hall 1 ) O. Sukhotinskaya “Social stigma and its impact on the family system”
A. Maltseva “Happiness and psychological wellbeing in same-sex families: an analysis of current research”
A. Gizullina “Homophobia and queerphobia among psychologists”
S. Kasparov “Transgender issues through the lens of existential analysis”
Presentation 2 (Great Hall 2) Dr. Massimo Di Grazia “Vulnerability and sexuality. Intersex issues.”
S. Kharitonov. “Nonbinary families and partnerships: needs and appearances”
L. Orel and Trickster “Inner openness”
Presentation 3 (Conference room 1) S. Mazur “The Oedipus complex and the psychosexual development of children in same-sex families”
E. Shorygin “Symbiotic fusion in the relationships of LGBTQs”
E. Brazul-Brushkovsky “Metaphysics and the practice of inclusion”
T. Ivanova “The ideological origins and logic of discrimination in postmodernism”
12.30 – 12.45 Coffee break (Co-working space)
12.45 – 14.00 M. Travkova “The evolution of systemic therapy for couples with sexual issues. From medical discourse to “queer” for all”
N. Malysheva and E. Agadullina “On the peculiarities of an essentialist perception of gays and lesbians”
S. Strokova “The family identity and socio-psychological wellbeing of teenagers in various types of families”
O. Burmakova “No means no, yes means yes: a feminist approach to consent and coercion in sex and relationships” Y. Alexeeva “Violence in LGBT couples and families” Z. Matisova “Ageism and self-ageism. Attitudes towards age and mixed-age couples in society and the community” A. Lapov “Marriage equality within a five-year plan” A. Gulnev “Global companies’ inclusiveness policies as an example of the role of the employer in the support of LGBT families” S. Chernova “Legal consequences of gender reassignment for family and child-parent relationships”
14.00 – 15.00 Dicussion of the presentations, open space (all rooms – Great hall, conference rooms, co-working space) TurDom
An overview of tourist events for women. Elena Botsman (co-working space)
15.00 – 16.00 Lunch
16.00 – 18.00 Round table discussion for psychologists
“The underside of labels. Challenges in mutual determination” D. Gulyaev, N. Safonova (Great Hall – 1)
Legal seminar for LGBTQIAPP+ families
“Family law for LGBTs”
A. Lapov (Great Hall – 2)
Round table discussion “The methodology of LGBTQIAPP and pro-feminist research: pitfalls and new solutions” E. Likhomanova (Conferene room – 1) 16.00 – 17.30 Seminar. Life with HIV in a family and in a partnership. V. Alliluev. (Stairs)
17.30 – 18.00 Presentation by the Alliance of heterosexuals and LGBTs for equality (Stairs)
18.00 – 18.30 Coffee break (Co-working space)
18.30 – 20.00 Fellowship for Rainbow Families with Elena, Leyla, A. Golubeva, Y. Malygina and special guest: Maria von Känel (Switzerland) (Great Hall – 1) Legal safety for specialists by Maksim Olenichev (Great Hall – 2)
20.15 – 21.00 Concert (Co-working space)

Sunday, November 12

Time Event
10.00 – 10.30 Registration, fellowship, coffee
10.30 – 11.00 Introduction of the pre-lunch workshops (Great Hall 1)
  Great Hall – 1 Great Hall – 2 Переговорная – 1 Переговорная – 2 Переговорная – 3 Лестница Коворкинг
11.00 – 12.30 WS“Notes and reflections on human sexuality” Dr. Massimo Di Grazia WS“Polyamory and other non-monogamous relationships” P. Kalinia, A. Friman WS“Cracking the door open. Working with trauma” Natalia Sudakova (Taube) WS“Befriending the monster” O. Skovycheva WS“Why I am afraid of relationships”
V. Merkulova
Film “Are you a boy or a girl?” with Yuma

Living library “Different families”

Booths with information about the various clubs and events of “Resource”

Individual legal counseling for couples and families

12.30 – 13.00 Coffee break
13.00 – 14.30 WS “Christianity and the family”
T. Lekhatkova
WS “Queer as a level of the development of awareness” M. Sabunaeva WS “The Tree of life for families and the community” Olga Mark and Lothar Seminar “ART, IVF for LGBTs” Yulia Z. “Hereditary conditions and family planning” WS “Stepping forward: coming out to the children” D. Shutova Film “Living stories” with Y. Malygina
14.30 – 15.30 Lunch
15.30 – 16.00 Introduction of the after-lunch workshops(Great Hall 1)
16.30 – 17.30 Round table discussion on feminism and LGBTQIA activism with O. Burmakova Seminar “Why do we need sex ed?” T. Nikonova WS “Living in the closet: a re-evaluation”
S. Kharitonov
WS “Meeting adult children from LGBT families” K. Andreev WS “Difficult relationship with loved ones”
A. Kabatova
Film “Voices” with V. Malinovskaya
17.30 – 18.00 Coffee break
18.00 – 19.30 Round table discussion on the issues of determining sex with A. Gizullina WS “Complicated feelings in families” Our generation WS “Boldness and openness” E. Kuznetsova WS “Children and parents. In search of common meaning” M. Gorbach WS “Where do the feelings go?” A. Sinitsyna, M. Moshkova WS “Improv and performance” M. Dolganova, K. Ter-Martirosyan
19.30 – 21.00 Final group session, creating a narrative document
21.00 – 21.30 Closing ceremony