Newseum-Pulitzer Center Series Continues March 12

Misha Friedman

Dmitry Chizhevsky in a Saint Petersburg hospital, where he was treated for a month and a half, following an attack on an LGBT meeting in 2013. Doctors were not able to save his vision in his left eye. (Misha Friedman)

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center and the Arcus Foundation, presents a free program March 12 at 7 p.m. “Crackdown in the New Russia: LGBT Rights in Russia and Crimea” features Pulitzer Center grantees Nora FitzGerald, a journalist who has reported on Russia’s government crackdown on the LGBT community, and Misha Friedman, a photojournalist who has documented the impact of homophobic rhetoric on the LGBT community in Crimea. Dmitry Chizhevsky, a Russian who was a victim of anti-LGBT violence in St. Petersburg, will also speak. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The “Faith, Freedom, Sexuality & Silence” series features award-winning journalists and Pulitzer Center grantees discussing their reporting on LGBT issues internationally, focusing on the influence of religion on public attitudes toward LGBT people. The next program in the series, coming in July 2015, will explore HIV/AIDS and the church in Jamaica. Subscribe to the Newseum Institute’s e-newsletter and be the first to hear about future programs from the Religious Freedom Center.

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