The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion meeting and film presentation focusing on homophobia at Moscow Pride in May this year, and in other Eastern European countries.

GALHA has lined up five panellists for the event including Russian gay activist, Nicolai Alekseev

Nikolai Alekseev is a lawyer who lives and works in Moscow. He is the founder and head of Project Gay Russia and the executive secretary of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). He has been actively challenging homophobia in Russia for the last four years and took a leading role in Moscow Pride. Since then he has been very active in campaigns in other Eastern European countries, notably Latvia.

The other panellists are Andy Harley (a gay journalist who took part in Moscow Pride), Derek Lennard (a former GALHA chairperson who was at Moscow Pride and spoke at the IDAHO conference which coincided with it) and Peter Tatchell (human rights campaigner who was also at Moscow Pride).

Jason Pollock, Executive Director of Pride London, who has worked with the International Lesbian and Gay Association to produce a document “Prides against Prejudice: A toolkit for pride organising in a hostile environment” will round off the panel.