In 2012, QueerFest was largely supported by Russian radio and television outlets. Our festival has also received very positive feedback from respected artists, writers and journalists such as Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry or Vladimir Posner among others.
Of course, under the current adverse circumstances, QueerFest has attracted both sympathisers and detractors.
The organisers faced hostility for the first time in 2010, when one of the hosting venues rescinded the contract without prior notice one day before the opening ceremony. The obstacle was effectively dealt with and our team rearranged the planned event elsewhere, allowing the schedule to resume normally. The implementation of the LGBT propaganda law in 2013 cast its shadow over the fifth edition of the festival, but it failed to taint its overall success and disrupted neither the programme nor its end goal: to create a space for open discussion without discrimination.