A posed portrait of 32 year old Grisha; Zaritovsky. Until 2011 he worked as an after; school theatre teacher. Away from work he; was involved in LGBT activism. Few people; at his work knew of his sexuality or activism.; In October 2011 he was involved in a protest; against the new homophobic legislation. He; was arrested with one other activist. The; police leaked to the media his arrest which; was then reported on Russian news; websites. The report was seen by his boss.; Three weeks later his boss asked him to; come into the office to discuss the arrest.; There he was asked to leave the school. He; agreed, he says, as some of his colleagues; there were gay and he thought if he fought; the decision they could also get dragged into; the issue. Grisha regrets now not fighting; harder to keep his job. He is frustrated that; as an activist he puts himself at risk, gets; arrested, and everything remains the same.; Grisha now works as a drag queen dancing,; singing, and performing stand up in two; different gay clubs in St Petersburg. St; Petersburg, Russia. November 2014.

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