Photo of Russian Gay Couple wins World Press Photo 2015

Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won this year’s World Press Photo of the Year. The photo shows Jon (21) and Alex  (25), a gay couple, in an intimate moment....
©Mads Nissen
©Mads Nissen

Jon and Alex by ©Mads Nissen

Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won this year’s World Press Photo of the Year. The photo shows Jon (21) and Alex  (25), a gay couple, in an intimate moment. In the last years, the world has come face to face with the reality for LGBT people in Russia, who are hunted and persecuted daily.

Recently, a  road safety decree sparked panic and outrage amongst the community, and the rest of the world, that Russia would not let transgender people drive. The decree lists transsexuality among the medical conditions that could prevent a person from driving. Authorities then decided that mental health or behavioural related issues were not something which could prevent someone from driving.

It is clear that LGBT people are still vulnerable under the homophobic Russian state, and there is need for awareness raising and for more organisations to work in defence of their rights. This photo will undoubtedly raise awareness about the issue, as well as  giving honour a praise to people who are persecuted and violated.

Below, are other photos which won the prize in the previous years:

 

 

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Virginia Vigliar

Virginia is a freelance journalist and editor based in Barcelona. She has worked in the development sector in Malawi and Kenya and Somalia before returning to Europe, where she gained experience in the United Kingdom, Norway, and Spain. She is currently also collaborating with Oxfam. She is a passionate advocate of human rights and freedom of speech. To see her work, look at her website here: http://virginiavigliar.com/
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