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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Discover Gay Life in Russia

Санкт-Петербург, Russian FederationPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Aleksandr

75 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

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At the beginning of the experience, I will tell my guests about the first attempts to regulate the life of the LGBTQ community in Tsars Russia, a small but intense renaissance in the early years of the USSR, and the end of this period at Stalin's era.

In the second part, I will talk about the first years of modern Russia, about the freedom and equality of the nineties and early 2000s, about a sudden change in legislative measures in relation to the LGBTQ community, the notorious law on gay propaganda, Dima Yakovlev law and the results of society opinion after amendments voting 2020. I will talk about the differences between gay life in big cities and life in small cities and how the life of the LGBTQ community in the most advanced regions differs from life in the less advanced, such a Chechnya.

My goal is to show several points of view at once, so my guests can independently draw their own conclusions without being influenced by the media.

Also, I will try to answer all the questions about life in Russia, based on my experience, working in the LGBTQ sphere, contacting the community, and being the part of it.

This experience can be also booked as a private event, great for groups, and great for team-building up to 100 people. Feel free to contact me!
01/26/2021 - join my birthday experiences!

At first, I will introduce myself with more details than in the description =)
At the beginning of the experience, I will tell my guests about the first attempts to regulate the life of the LGBTQ community in Tsars Russia, a small but intense renaissance in the early years of the USSR, and the end of this period at Stalin's era.

In the second part, I will talk about the first…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book for a private group
    Aleksandr can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at ₹14,854.
From ₹1,110
/ person
Book for a private group
Thu, 4 Mar
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM (EST)
₹1,486 per person
₹1,486 per person
Thu, 4 Mar
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM (EST)
₹1,387 per person
₹1,387 per person
Fri, 5 Mar
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM (EST)
₹1,486 per person
₹1,486 per person

Meet your host, Aleksandr

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 70 Reviews
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I welcome everyone who came to my page! I'm Sasha, the organizer of my offline experience about the life of the LGBTQ+ community here in Russia and in St Petersburg in particular. Being the organizer of my experience for more than 3 years, I received only 5-star reviews, which shows my sincere passion for my work and exclusive responsibility for my guests. At the moment I decided to prove myself as an assistant to those who, like hundreds of thousands of people around the world, spend almost all their time at home, in 4 walls or for those who still do not have the ability to travel
I welcome everyone who came to my page! I'm Sasha, the organizer of my offline experience about the life of the LGBTQ+ community here in Russia and in St Petersburg in particular. Being the organizer of my experience for more than 3 years, I received only 5-star reviews, which shows my sincere passion for my work and exclusive responsibility for my guests. At the moment I decided to prove myself as an assistant to those who, like hundreds of thousands of people around the world, spend almost all…
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Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 70 reviews.

Larissa
March 2021
Not even sure where to start...I haven’t done even 5 virtual tours through Airbnb, but I can guarantee this is one of the most interesting being offered at the moment. More than an “online experience”, it was true emotional insight into a topic I’ve only read about in the news, but had no real concept of. Sasha delivered everything in such a well thought out and raw manner + put St. Pete’s back at the top of my list (even though I’ve been a few times before) once travel resumes.
Not even sure where to start...I haven’t done even 5 virtual tours through Airbnb, but I can guarantee this is one of the most interesting being offered at the moment. More than an…
Corinna
March 2021
Having done more than 60 mostly inspiring experiences in the last 5 weeks people start to ask me which experience I would recommend most. I virtually travelled around the world, met funny, lovely, engaging, interesting people, each different. It's difficult to choose. However, I would definitely recommend to do Aleksandr's experience since it's so authentic, real and special. Words can't describe my feelings but Aleksandr's personal story and the story of LBTG in Russia deeply touched me and opened my eyes. For me it's so important not to turn around myself and this stupid Corona lockdown. There's so much more in this crazy world. By the way, St.Petersburg is such a beautiful city so it's certainly on my travel list, too. Thanks for sharing your story, Aleksandr.
Having done more than 60 mostly inspiring experiences in the last 5 weeks people start to ask me which experience I would recommend most. I virtually travelled around the world, me…
Yvonne
February 2021
What an incredible and memorable experience! Besides being captivated by his well researched and eye-opening presentation on gay culture in Russia, I was extremely moved and touched by Sasha's openness and authenticity sharing his personal experiences and his passion for helping the LGBT community. Highly highly recommended. Thank you Sasha!! :)
What an incredible and memorable experience! Besides being captivated by his well researched and eye-opening presentation on gay culture in Russia, I was extremely moved and touche…
Callum
February 2021
Aleksandr's experience in Russia is something that I think everyone should hear no matter who you are. My girlfriend and I know nothing about Russia other than what we hear on the news, and we both wanted to learn more about the LQBTQ community which is apt as it's LGBTQ history month. It was a great experience. Aleksandre is very passionate, personable, and welcoming, and we both came away feeling educated - but also shocked at the gay history in Russia. Whilst it's a 75 minute chat, the talk is very deserving of an hour and a half. My girlfriend and I both highly recommend this experience, and would gladly do it again! Thank you Aleksandr!
Aleksandr's experience in Russia is something that I think everyone should hear no matter who you are. My girlfriend and I know nothing about Russia other than what we hear on the…
Carlos
January 2021
Aleksandr's experience is one magnificent opportunity to learn about LGBT+ life in today's Russia while you learn how new generations look at the Soviet past that they never experienced. Definitively a fun, learning, eye-opening experience to directly relate to life in one of the world's most important countries and that has been hiding in plain sight due to media's inclination to only cover "sensationalistic" stories. Russia is no different from the rest of the world, if you get to know their heart right from the traditional imperial capital of "All Russias," Saint Petersburg. Time flew by in the experience and the chat with Aleksandr was amazing. I certainly recommend this experience for everyone as it will open your eyes to a wonderful and little-known giant. Thank you so very much, Aleksandr for this great experience!
Aleksandr's experience is one magnificent opportunity to learn about LGBT+ life in today's Russia while you learn how new generations look at the Soviet past that they never experi…
Chiara
January 2021
We spent a fantastic time together. We had the opportunity to learn much more, discuss & have fun. Alex is really passionate about the topic and makes the participants feel aware and part of a bigger picture.

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.