July 25, 2013
A Gay-Themed Children’s Book in a Country That’s Outlawed Gay-Themed Children’s Books

 Anti-gay activists threw eggs and rocks at gay rights demonstrators in St. Petersburg last month, shouting “Sodomy will not pass.” The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church recently called gay marriage “apocalyptic.” And in June, the Russian government outlawed discussing LGBT issues with minors by officially prohibiting “homosexual propaganda” and making the distribution of gay-rights material punishable by fines and jail time.In the midst of Russia’s crackdown on gay rights, one Russian author has published a children’s book that prominently features a homosexual character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country. 
Daria Wilke, the author of the new book, The Jester’s Cap, emigrated from Moscow 13 years ago and is now a Russian professor at the University of Vienna in Austria. Her novel centers on a boy named Grisha, a 14-year-old who lives and works in a puppet theater with his family and an older friend, Sam, who is gay.
Read more. [Image: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters]

A Gay-Themed Children’s Book in a Country That’s Outlawed Gay-Themed Children’s Books

 Anti-gay activists threw eggs and rocks at gay rights demonstrators in St. Petersburg last month, shouting “Sodomy will not pass.” The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church recently called gay marriage “apocalyptic.” And in June, the Russian government outlawed discussing LGBT issues with minors by officially prohibiting “homosexual propaganda” and making the distribution of gay-rights material punishable by fines and jail time.

In the midst of Russia’s crackdown on gay rights, one Russian author has published a children’s book that prominently features a homosexual character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country.

Daria Wilke, the author of the new book, The Jester’s Cap, emigrated from Moscow 13 years ago and is now a Russian professor at the University of Vienna in Austria. Her novel centers on a boy named Grisha, a 14-year-old who lives and works in a puppet theater with his family and an older friend, Sam, who is gay.

Read more. [Image: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters]

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