LGBTQ+ Activism in Central and Eastern Europe

Resistance, Representation and Identity

  • Radzhana Buyantueva
  • Maryna Shevtsova

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Radzhana Buyantueva, Maryna Shevtsova
    Pages 1-19
  3. It’s New for Them? Imagining Post-socialist LGBTQ+ Activism from the ‘Western’ Perspective

  4. Outlawing Rainbows: LGBTQ+ Rights, Activism and the Role of State in Central and Eastern Europe

  5. Giving Voice to Locals: LGBTQ+ Movement and Queer Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-237
    2. Kārlis Vērdiņš, Jānis Ozoliņš
      Pages 239-264
    3. Radzhana Buyantueva, Maryna Shevtsova
      Pages 369-377
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 379-403

About this book


This edited collection offers in-depth perspectives into the emergence and development of LGBTQ+ movements in Central and Eastern Europe, including analysis of Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. The book examines various issues faced by local LGBTQ+ activists, as well as the tactics and strategies which they develop and adopt. The contributors discuss the applicability of Western ideas and concepts to the post-socialist context, considering their ability to fully tackle local nuances and complexities with regards to sexuality and, thus, the dynamics of LGBTQ+ activism. The volume examines differences in the domestic policies of these countries and the consequent effects on LGBTQ+ activism in the region. It also offers important insights into the impact of Western actors in promoting liberal democratic values in the region, and ensuing political and social backlashes.

LGBTQ+ Activism in Central and Eastern Europe will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science. 

Radzhana Buyantueva is a Teaching Assistant at the School of Politics, Newcastle University, UK.

Maryna Shevtsova is a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for European Studies, University of Florida, USA.


sexuality human rights sociology community homophobia social movements

Editors and affiliations

  • Radzhana Buyantueva
    • 1
  • Maryna Shevtsova
    • 2
  1. 1.Newcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.GainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-20400-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-20401-3
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