16 Illustrations That Protest Putin's Homophobia

Published: October 21, 2013

Anna Goodsen was so disturbed by Russia’s treatment of LGBT people that she organized a creative backlash.

 
Goodsen explained the project’s onset on her blog, saying "I was wracking my brain to try to figure out a way to make a statement and possibly a difference. Since, illustration is a big part of my life, I had an idea."
 
Goodsen then sent a memo to everyone she works with at the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency and asked "if they wanted to ‘make a statement.’" A sampling from the resulting gallery of original illustrations is on the following pages. 
 
They include Olympic references, tied overtly to Russia’s hosting the games in Sochi next year but with a sometimes subtle message about equality. They include quintessential Russian imagery, including the turrets of its most notable architecture. All of them are a way of showing dissent with Vladimir Putin’s so-called "gay propaganda" law and others that make life there untenable for LGBT people in Russia.
 
"We are often asked to create images for clients but here was an opportunity for them to create something meaningful, personal and from the heart," Goodsen explained, saying the response was "overwhelming."

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