Same-Sex Couples in Anna Milokumova’s Project
To overcome her own stereotypes about LGBT, St. Petersburg-based photographer Anna Milokumova took pictures of homosexual couples who love each other, build families, and raise children despite social rejection.
Russian photographer, born and lives in St. Petersburg. Since 2016 is a student at Fotografika Academy for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.
— ‘Treat and isolate’ — this is the attitude that over 85% of people in Russia have to love that they are used to not accepting. We Are Together is a project about LGBT people who befriend and love each other, create families, raise children, despite everything. There is currently an acting law in Russia that prohibits propagating ‘non-traditional’ relations among the underaged, so not all of the people in my photographs decided to show their faces, but all of them told me about their feelings.
Working on this project became an important step for me in overcoming my own prejudice towards LGBT people, as I was raised in a family where homosexuality and bisexuality was dispraised. I first met a gay person when I was as old as 19. And he has been my best friend for many years now. He is always by my side when I need him, he is very honest and surrounds me with kindness. I am proud of this friendship.