“My private and exceptional intimate happiness: same-sex relationships and motherhood during the last Soviet Period in Russia” was the title of the talk that Alisa Zhabenko, a junior CoreKin Team member, gave at the ground-breaking international conference “Communist Homosexuality 1945 – 1989 / Bodies – Languages – Images” at the University of Paris in February 2017. In her paper, Alisa discussed the configurations of the lives of women with same-sex desire during the last Soviet period.
She suggested that the decriminalisation of homosexuality on 1993 in Russia had a huge impact on the everyday practices of lesbian women as it influenced on their choices to do coming out to their children and relatives.
The communism epoch was discussed specifically from the point of view of homosexual lives during that period in different countries. In fact, this was the first conference that put the issues of homosexuality during the communism era in the analytical spotlight. The conference was very intense. There were presenters from Russia, Belarussia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, France and Germany.
The organisers were CRHEC and Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales from the Université Paris-Est Créteil.