Conference 2015

The Second LGBTQIA Family Conference

NOVEMBER 14-15, 2015 | The Second LGBTQIA Family Conference POST EVENT PRESS RELEASE >>

Dear friends!

The centre for social, psychological and cultural projects “Resource LGBTQIA Moscow” invites you to join our Second LBTQIA Family Conference – “LGBTQIA marriage and partnerships. Challenging family values in modern society”.

The conference will take place in Moscow on November 14-15, 2015.

At the conference we will discuss family and values in modern society and the LGBTQIA community and look at the psychological, social and legal aspects of marriage and partnerships.

There will be presentations on the topic of the conference, a round-table discussion for specialists working with LGBTQIAs and a series of psychological, social and legal seminars and workshops. Additionally, you can enjoy our cultural events and a presentation of the Literary club.

We invite psychologists, sociologists, researchers, philosophers, doctors, lawyers and other specialists of the caring professions who have experience in working with LGBTQIAs, LGBTQIA couples and families or take an interest in the issues of modern family and partnerships to join our Conference.

The Conference is also open to non-specialists. The LGBTQIA community, LGBTQIA couples and families as well as all those interested in the topic of the Conference are very welcome.

We hope that the conference will bring about heated discussions, diverse opinions, memorable presentations, connections with interesting people and ideas, hands-on training and solutions to burning issues.

Participants of the Conference will also have the opportunity to enjoy the “Display of intimacy” photo exhibition, which is dedicated to LGBTQIA couples and families.

ADMISSION to the Conference is FREE.

Register here

Conference schedule

Saturday, November 14

10.00 – 10.30 Registration

10.30 – 11.00 Opening ceremony. Greetings from the organisers

11.00 – 12.30 Plenary session – part 1 (Main hall)

Danila Guliaev, psychologist, narrative practitioner (Moscow) – “Family diversity”

Anna Varga, PhD, family psychotherapist (Moscow) – “The crisis of marriage in the face of today’s challenges”

Galina Mikhaleva, professor, PhD, chairperson of gender faction of the “Yabloko” party (Moscow) – “Threats to gender equality with the advancement of conservatism”

Nadezhda Plungian, art historian, feminist (Moscow) – “A feminist view of LGBT marriage, a range of opinions”

Elena Gusiatinskaya, translator, keeper of the LGBT archive (Moscow) – Why do we need family?

12.30 – 13.00 Coffee break

13.00 – 14.00 Plenary session – part 2

Olga Mark (Estonia), narrative practitioner, LGBT parent – “I have five mums! Going beyond the family tree.”

Aleksandra Kabatova, psychologist (Moscow – Ulianovsk) – “The paradigm of the LGBT family in the context of raising a child.”

Lera Enstein (St. Petersburg), LGBT parent, actively works with LGBT parents and families in St. Petersburg – “I want to be a parent, but… – Pre-parenting fears.”

Anton Macintosh (St. Petersburg), trans* activist, narrative practitioner – “Families of trans* individuals: deconstructing the traditional family model.”

Trixter and Liuda Orel – express-report “How people and families are affected by things that “can’t be” – pregnancy, miscarriage and the refusal of trans* persons to give birth.”

Anna Golubeva, psychologist, and Yulia Malygina, narrative practitioner (Moscow) – “Family values in “queer” couples and families. Our experience of a psychological art project of LGBT couples and families.”

14.30 – 15.30 Lunch

15.00 – 16.30 Round table discussion for psychologists and specialists working with the LGBTQIA community – “Families in question: how can society support the families which they deny?”

Moderated by Danila Guliaev (Hall 2) /

“Rainbow Lamp” literary club and performance (Hall 1)

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 19.00 Rainbow family meeting. Hosted by Yulia Malygina and Anna Golubeva. This is a space to share experiences, problems and practices and ask questions about the life of same-sex families in Russia.

How can we respond to pressure and create a safe space for ourselves and our loved ones together?


Sunday, November 15

10.00 – 10.30 Registration

10.30 – 11.00 Presentation of the workshops

11.00 – 12.30 Workshops and seminars

1) Workshop by Evgenia Kuznetsova (Moscow) – “Humour therapy in working with restricting beliefs which hinder us from a happy and free family life.”

2) Workshop by Elina Novgorodtseva and Tatiana Klimenko (Moscow) – “Support and family resources. The sociodrama method.”

3) Workshop by Trixter and Liuda Orel (Moscow) – “To love all genders yield surrender: a performance of gender in a close relationship.”

12.30 – 13.00 Coffee break

13.00 – 14.30 Workshops and seminars

1) Workshop by Olga Mark (Estonia) and Valentina Guseva (St. Petersburg) – “Things unsaid yet understood: beliefs about parenthood and how they affect us and our families.”

2) Workshop by Katerina Petrova, psychologist (St. Petersburg) – “How to identify domestic violence and how to overcome it in an LGBTQIA relationship.”

3) Interactive seminar by Sasha Krik and Nix Nemeni, queer activists (Moscow) – “Extended partnerships. Polyamory.”

14.30 – 15.00 Lunch

15.30 – 17.00

1) Legal seminar for psychologists and specialists working with the LGBTQIA community (Hall 1)

2) Legal seminar for LGBTQIA families (Hall 2)

3) Sociodrama: “Humans, lions, eagles and quails… a multitude of gender identities, good and bad. A dialogue of identities. Relationship theatre.” Hosted by Roman Zolotovitsky (Main Hall)

17.00 – 17.30 Coffee break

17.30 – 19.00 “Dotting the i’s.” Completing our stories and closing gestalts.

19.00 – 19.30 Closing ceremony. Handing out certificates. Feedback, comments and thanks.

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