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As growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender exiles from Russia move to Sheepshead Bay and other southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, many of them say they have been subjected to intense discrimination by members of older generations who adhere to the harshly conservative principles of their homeland.

After Fleeing Bias at Home, Gay Russians Say It Persists in Brooklyn

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As growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender exiles from Russia move to Sheepshead Bay and other southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, many of them say they have been subjected to intense discrimination by members of older generations who adhere to the harshly conservative principles of their homeland.

“We’re surrounded by Russians, but it’s like they’re all frozen in time with these old Soviet values,” said Lyosha Gorshkov, 32, who moved from Russia to Midwood in 2014. “I get nonstop abuse from everyone in the neighborhood: women in my building, men outside of bars, even children.”

On Saturday, about 200 people gathered on the boardwalk for Brighton Beach Pride, a demonstration arranged by RUSA LGBT, an advocacy group. Billed as the nation’s first march for Russian-speaking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the rally was led primarily by asylum-seekers but also included others from around New York City.

As a marching band played traditional Slavic music, the crowd chanted in Russian and English and held signs that read “Refuse Fascism,” “Silence = Death” and “Nyet to Homophobia.” Many protesters wore pink triangles, echoing the badges used to identify gay men in Nazi concentration camps.

“Many of us never dreamed of being out in public here,” said Colette Montoya-Sloan, 34, an audio archivist who works at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. “But it’s important to lead grass-roots marches in places where pride isn’t necessarily accepted.”

Masha Gessen, a journalist who fled Russia because of persecution against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, told the crowd, “Pride is political.”

“Pride is about going into a place where it can be frightening,” said Ms. Gessen, 50, who was one of several featured speakers at the rally. Letitia James, the city’s public advocate, was another.

“We need to embrace you in Brighton Beach,” Ms. James said. “It’s critically important. And as the Russian community grows in Brooklyn and all throughout the city, we need to let everyone know that the L.G.B.T. community is welcome there as well.”

The march comes at a crucial moment for Russians seeking asylum in the United States because of their sexual orientation. This year, authorities in Chechnya, a semiautonomous region in Russia, began a violent crackdown on gay men that included kidnappings, torture and killings. Nonetheless, advocacy groups said they expect the United States to deny visas to those attempting to flee that anti-gay campaign.

If such requests are rejected, it would contrast sharply with the situation under President Barack Obama, whose administration adopted several policies meant to protect those seeking asylum because of their sexual orientation. During those years, RUSA LGBT saw its membership skyrocket, said Yelena Goltsman, the group’s founder.

Ms. Goltsman, 54, once lived in Gravesend but moved away years ago because she did not feel comfortable there. Even today, she says, many gay people who live in her old neighborhood are still in the closet.

“It’s certainly better than Russia, but what kind of sanctuary is this if people can’t even live openly here?” said Ms. Goltsman, who now lives in Forest Hills, Queens, with her wife.

For the day, at least, some of them came out of hiding. Andrey, 30, a gay man who moved from Moscow to Midwood seven months ago and declined to provide his surname, said it was the first time he had dressed in drag in public without fear. As he strolled down the boardwalk in a red floral dress and ornamented Russian headdress, he posed with a wide smile for a photographer.

“Don’t I look lovely?” he said.

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Pride marched into Brighton Beach!

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Paper

They made history in Brighton Beach!

Hundreds of marchers descended on Little Odessa for the first-ever Russian-speaking Pride March on May 20. Brighton Beach is known for its conservative values that many of its immigrant residents brought with them from the former Soviet Union, but marchers proudly stood tall as they walked along the boardwalk to show their neighbors that they refuse to hide, said Luis Santiago, from the group ACT UP New York, which is committed to ending the AIDS crisis.

“There was a great spirit of stepping up and coming out. We are here, and you have to deal with it. We are never going to be invisible,” said 60-year-old Santiago, who came out as gay back in his hometown in Puerto Rico at age 17. “I think it went pretty well. As part of our work, we also support fights against different acts of discrimination that make the fight against AIDS more difficult. Homophobia is one of them.”

Santiago said he has hope for the Russian community, because the overwhelmingly Catholic and Spanish-speaking neighborhoods that he is familiar with have recently come a long way with their tolerance toward the LGBTQ community.

“It reminded me a lot of when I came out in the Hispanic community, Puerto Rico in particular, there was that initial reaction of people. But time goes by, and they learn more about what it is to be gay. Barriers are broken down,” he said. “So I did talk to some of the Russian-speakers — just trust that this is going to change because it happened to us. So I hope the same happens with the Russian-speaking communities.”

Marchers were prepared for the few intolerant slurs they received — and many police officers were standing by in case of trouble — but the pride parade went off without untoward altercations, said organizer Lyosha Gorshkov, from RUSA LGBT, a U.S.-based network of Russian-speaking LGBTQ immigrants and their allies.

“We are making some history there in Brighton Beach. We expected some provocation, but thank God it didn’t happen, and we were well-protected by the police,” said Gorshkov, who identifies as queer and moved from Russia to Midwood in 2014.

And the historic day drew important guests — Public Advocate Tish James marched in support, and Broadway star Josh Daniel from the musical Book of Mormon powerfully sang “We Shall Overcome,” said Gorshkov.

“It was great. He showed up, it was amazing and everybody was very excited,” he said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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Mass in Bensonhurst honors fallen NYPD officers

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The mass has been held every year for about a decade. Family and friends say the mass is always a packed house.The mass has been held every year for about a decade. Family and friends say the mass is always a packed house.

BENSONHURST -A memorial Mass was held Monday at Saint Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Bensonhurst for NYPD officers who lost their lives on the job.

Men and women of NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn South filled the church to honor loved ones and colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The mass has been held every year for about a decade. Family and friends say the mass is always a packed house.

Assistant Chief Steven Powers read each of the 94 names of the officers from South Brooklyn who had died on the job since the early 1990s.

Michelle Fung says she still cries when she thinks about her late husband, Detective Kenny Fung, who died on the job 20 years ago from a heart attack.

“I have three sons that I brought up and it was tough for them also, and now they have grandchildren so that’s what gets us going forward, but he never got to see them. That hurts,” says Fung.

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Suicide in the Ridge

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Paper

A Bay Ridge man shot himself in the head after a heated argument with his son on May 18.

The 63-year-old man and his son had a screaming match in his 71st Street apartment near Third Avenue at 7 pm, according to police.

After the fiery exchange, the senior pulled out a gun and said, You want to get rid of me? Ok, and shot himself in the right temple, according to a community affairs officer with the 68th Precinct.

Friends and neighbors embraced the mans distraught son outside the victims home, an eyewitness said.

Police later discovered a note in the mans apartment, suggesting that the Bay Ridgite had been contemplating suicide for some time, according to a police spokesman.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 2738255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 2602523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

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Crown Heights pol switches gears, condemns Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment deal

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By Colin Mixson

Brooklyn Paper

A Crown Heights councilwoman whose vote could make or break a controversial deal that would leave the publicly-owned Bedford-Union Armory in the hands of private developers came out against the plan on Thursday, putting it in jeopardy.

A nay vote by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo [DCrown Heights] could scuttle a city-backed deal to give developer BFC Partners the right to convert the historic military structure into 330 rental and 60 condo units. The plan calls for a mix of rental apartments and luxury condos to be built in the massive site, with half the rentals and 20 percent of the condos being offered at below-market rates. The plan has been fiercely contested by locals who argue that public land should stay public, and that the deals affordable component is lacking.

Cumbo made the announcement at Borough Hall flanked by a coalition of elected officials including Comptroller Scott Stringer (D), Public Advocate Letitia James (D), Borough President Eric Adams (D), Assemblyman Walter Mosley (DFort Greene), and Councilman Jumaane Williams (DProspect Heights), who also oppose the deal. As the local Council representative, Cumbo holds a de facto veto that could kill the plan in City Hall, making her support an indicator to the deals success.

I tried as a negotiator to negotiate the best deal we possibly could, but were at a stalemate, said Cumbo who claimed the inclusion of luxury condos were a deal-breaker for her.

Below-market housing proponents say the redevelopment deal the city supports would result in only 18 of the planned 330 rental units being offered at rates local community members can afford, based on the areas average median income of $40,000.

Eighteen out of 300? said Crown Heights resident Vaughn Armur. That dont make sense.

The projects die-hard opponents are skeptical that the local lawmaker who has a reputation for being pro-development and who faces a heated election in November is on the level with her opposition to the project, but say that a decision by the Department of City Planning scheduled for Monday will reveal whether Cumbo will fight the development to the bitter end, or changes her mind once it is politically convenient.

It is unheard of for a local council person to say no to a development and City Planning still certify the application, said Alicia Boyd, an anti-gentrification activist with Movement to Protect the People. And if they certify it, the way were looking at it, that means somewhere along the line shes going to agree.

But if City Planning rubber stamps the project despite Cumbos avowed opposition, the administration will have reason to believe the councilwoman is willing to make a deal down the line, Boyd said.

During the citys year-long negotiations with the developer and a tedious public review process, Cumbos reluctance to denounce the project has given her opponents, including Democratic contenders Greg Schwartz and Ede Fox, an opportunity to stand out before Septembers primaries, with both candidates making their opposition to the development a cornerstone of their campaigns.

And one opponent noted that Cumbos newly issued condemnation of the plan appeared to be a charade because she made her announcement just hours before a crowd of demonstrators descended on the councilwomans annual State of the District address to demand she block the project.

She would not have shown up at the State of the District knowing all of us were coming without finding a way to deflate that, said Esteban Giron, a member of the Crown Heights Tenant Union.

But unless City Planning nixes the deal on Monday, theres no guarantee Cumbo wont change her mind down the line, especially considering shell be asked to vote on the project after Novembers elections, Giron said.

The end of the ULURP process is after the election, so we have to trust her through the election, and thats hard to do, especially when youve clearly switched your position based on what the other candidates are doing.

Cumbo said she found out only late last week that City Plannings decision to certify the armory deal was imminent. She explained that she announced it Thursday because that was the day her fellow pols were available. If her new condemnation was politically motivated, Cumbo said, she would have made it before now.

If I were pulling my support because it was an election year, I would have pulled my support a long time ago, she said. If it were purely political, the easy road to travel would have been from the very beginning to be against the project.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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