A Russian gay couple who married in the fiercest way possible has reflected on their wedding and the consequences it could have the country.
Alyona Furvosa and Irina Shumilova married, both in stunning white gowns, in front of family and friends at a St Petersburg registry office last month.
The trans woman and her cisgender bride were allowed to marry through a loophole, with the city technically viewing the union as a heterosexual marriage.
‘To be honest, it’s scary and uncomfortable, because we don’t know what to expect in the future,’ Fursova told CNN this week.
‘We can get married now because I have female documents and and Irina has male ones. But already we’ve heard that government officials are preparing a law to forbid this.’
St. Petersburg MP Vitaly Milonov, a vocal opponent of gay rights, has called the union an ‘ugly insult to millions of Russian families’ and vowed to pursue an investigation into its legality.
Milonov was the author of the city’s ‘gay propaganda’ ban, the law that inspired the nationwide legislation.
But as Russia seems to have stalted, the married couple hope they will serve as an inspiration to the LGBTI community in their country and across the world.
‘I really hope it helps people to understand that if they fight for their rights, they can get them,’ Furvosa added.
‘I want this sort of reaction in the gay and transsexual community. But I also want regular people to be more tolerant of relationships. That would be really cool.’