Family Equality Festival 2018

“Diverse families – countless connections”


The Family Equality Festival will be held in Moscow for the second time on May 6-16, 2018.

With its history going back to the International Family Equality Day (IFED), the Festival is a space for a wide range of events that have to do with family equality and the acceptance of Rainbow families in society.

At the 2018 Festival we would like to focus, first and foremost, on our inner resources, on the opportunities and prospects presented by the human connections that we ourselves create. We would like to explore our community, our immediate circle, its opportunities, friendly and accepting spaces, and ways of expanding the domain of freedom and acceptance.

What are our social connections? Who makes up our social circle?

Whom can we safely include in this circle?

How do we create a comfortable and safe environment for ourselves?

It’s about being open yet sensible in the context of our modern Russian society.

Our Festival is about finding our ground, establishing ourselves and making connections that will support us in difficult times.

Our Festival is about relationships and about those to whom we can turn in times of need.

Our Festival is about our resources and what we can share with other Rainbow families.

See you at the Family Equality Festival!



May 6 (Sunday)

3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Opening Ceremony of the Family Equality Festival.

“Gayby Baby” (Australia) film showing, reception and discussion.


May 7 (Monday)

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“The culture of violence and consent in family relationships”, a workshop by Yulia Alekseeva.


May 8 (Tuesday)

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“IVF and assisted reproductive technologies for LGBT+ parents”, a seminar by Yulia Z.


May 10 (Thursday)

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“How to make important decisions together”, a psychological theatre workshop by Elina Novgorodtseva and Tatiana Klimenko.


May 11 (Friday)

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

“Destination: Family. Design thinking for future LGBT+ parents and those thinking about having children.” a seminar by Andrey Gulnev and Tuyana Khoroshevskaya.


May 12 (Saturday)

All day

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Inventing the family or the valency of relationships”, a workshop by Danila Gulyaev and Natalia Safonova.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. LGBT+ Living Library by Anna Golubeva, Elena Shimina and Leyla Tairova.

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fellowship for Rainbow families and a discussion on how to live in Russia as LGBT+ families. Rainbow family appreciation ceremony. By Yulia Malygina and Anna Golubeva.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. A concert by the Resource Musical club.

May 13 (Sunday)

All day

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Business and the LGBT community”, a presentation by Andrey Gulnev.

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Co-working day for LGBT+ family initiatives: a presentation and fair.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Emigration and deportation”, the story of how a family with a child sought asylum in Finland; fellowship with the family.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A performance by “Watercolours” playback theatre.


May 14 (Monday
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Improv and performance: separateness, connection, unity”, a creative lab by Maria Dolganova and Karen Ter-Martirosyan.


same time, different location:

May 14 (Monday)

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Legal seminar for LGBT+ families on the topic of partnerships and parenthood by Daniil Khaymovich of LGBT initiative group “Stimul”.

May 15 (Tuesday)

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Meet-up+”, a play workshop by Natalie Gavazina of the “Play space” personal development club.


May 16 (Wednesday)

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

An evening of humorous lesbian short stories by Evgenia Monastyrskaya and the “Rainbow Lamp” literary club.

Please be ready to show your invitation to the guards at the door (whether printed out or on the screen of your phone). This will help ensure our safety at these events.

The events of the Festival are free of charge, but if you would like to make a donation, you are welcome to leave cash at the events or make an online donation here:

If you object to being in photos, please take a white sticker available at the door. Photos will only be taken by the Festival’s official photographers and you may choose not to appear in them.

Should you have any questions, feel free to call Julie at +7 916 7799122 or Yulia at +7 929 5214951