GLXY Travel Guide - Exploring the LGBT Scene in St. Petersburg

In this article you can find out why and when to visit Russia and St. Petersburg, how friendly is this city for LGBT persons, where to go for gay-friendly dinner options, bars, clubs and other venues, what are the most important LGBT events of the year not to be missed; how to meet locals; and other interesting and important practical details.

26 Sep, 2017

Russia is a federal state in Eastern Europe and in northern Asia. With an area of 17 millions km2, Russia is the largest state in the world, covering nearly twice as large territory as Canada, China, or the United States. It borders with 18 countries. Russia has the world's largest forest reserves and is called the lungs of Europe. Russia has a huge cultural heritage. Especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, great achievements were achieved in: ballet, music, drama, literature and film. We have all heard about Tarkovsky, or Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Checkov. We have met the streets and the cultural heritage through the writings of both fiction and writings about Russia’s marvelous history.
The first factor that most travelers take into account when planning a trip to St. Petersburg is, of course, the climate. Climate in St. Petersburg is rather under bad pressure, not only in Russian literary masters. Those who live in the city and love it believe that such a time just gives character to the city, but anyway, it is worthwhile to prepare ahead. Good news is that, as in a maritime city, St. Petersburg is not really cold city. According do Russian standards it is becouse tepmerature rarely drop far below -10 degrees even if in depths of the winter. And, despite the descriptions of Dostoevsky about the suburban spark, the temperatures over 30 degrees are nearly impossible.
Sankt Petersburg is, after Moscow, the second largest city in Russia and its major economic, industrial, scientific and cultural center. It is located at the mouth of River Neve in the Baltic Sea.
St. Petersburg was founded by the Russian Emperor Peter the Great in 1703 on wetland near the sea. From the 18th to the 20th century, the city was the quintessence of the Russian Empire, and after the outbreak of the First World War, the name of the town was changed to the rogue name Petrograd. After Lenin's death, in 1924, the city was named Lenjingrad in his honor.
During the Soviet era, Sankt Petersburg was always in a different direction compared to Moscow. After the Iron Curtain fell, Peter, as his peers call him, quickly compensated for the lost time and the city was considered to be the Russian town with the highest cosmopolitan spirit.


LGBT situation


In the first parade, held in 2006, there was only 70 people, and so much more anti-gay protesters. In 2013, Russian government voted out a law that forbids Pride parades for the next 100 years. There is few publicly out LGBT’s and their rights are not protected by the law. The gays who are not privileged are those who live in other, smaller, more conservative part of Russia. The Russian Family Law regulates marriage as a community of men and women, and now the "anti-gay law" is also passed, the law forbidding "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors". Behind "worries" for future generations, there are actually rules that hinder the equal lives of a homosexual community in Russia.

The nightlife in Sankt Petersburg is very diverse. There are various shops that will surely satisfy every taste. You can enjoy crabs, clubs, cafes, jazz bars, underground clubs, and there are gay clubs and bars. When you go out in this "wild city" in a positive sense, you will go everywhere to a variety of preforms and eccentric people. There are a large number of bars and nightclubs where you can find great entertainment with different types of music.

There are couple of organizations/pages that provide a LGBT informations, their links you can find below:

http://www.xs.gay.ru/
http://www.lesbi.ru/
Pages, russian only.

https://www.gaystpete.com/- a page for LGBT’s in St. Petersburg

Coming Out (www.comingoutspb.com)-local LGBT organization/platform


Sankt Petersburg is a lovely city to explore, but if you are seeking LGBT and LGBT friendly bars/restaurants/places to see there is couple:


Tri El, 5-aya Sovetskaya Ul. Dom. 45, Metro: Mosckovskiye Vorota.
Greshniki, nab. kanala Griboedova 28/1, Metro: Nevskiy Prospekt
Central Station, ul Lomonosova 1/28, Metro: Gostiniy Dvor
Zoom café, Gorokhovaya street, 22- A great place for daily meetings, regular coffee in St Petersburg experience.
The Idiot , Moyka emb. 82-A great restaurant, after midnight turns into a crazy party house.
Teremok- A cozy little place to go to eat.