Brighton Beach Pride stands as a beacon of hope and change, the first-ever Russian-language Pride organized in the heart of Russian-speaking Brooklyn annually beginning in 2017. As the LGBTQ+ community from Russia and other former Soviet states continues to grow in southern Brooklyn neighborhoods like Sheepshead Bay, so does the urgency to combat the discrimination they face. This discrimination often stems from conservative values held by local resident and older generations who're susceptable to Russian propagansa.
Many of our sibling still find themselves in closets afraid to come out — Brighton Beach Pride aims to cast a light on their presence and rights.
Lyosha Gorshkov, who relocated from Russia to Midwood in 2014, resonates with the challenges and prejudice faced by many in the neighborhood. “We’re surrounded by Russians, but it’s like they’re all frozen in time with these old Soviet values,” they shared with the New York Times in 2017. Lyosha, who served as RUSA's co-president from 2014 to 2017, founded Brighton Beach Pride as a stand against the continuous abuse and discrimination they and many others experience. Their initiative has since become a symbol of resistance and hope.
Brighton Beach Pride is more than just a celebration; it's a revolution. We aim to shift the narrative, ensuring that every member of our community feels seen, accepted, and respected.