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Top Russian lawyer comes out as trans, bi to protest anti-gay law

Top Russian lawyer comes out as trans, bi to protest anti-gay law

A top Russian lawyer has come out as trans to protest the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Masha Best, the chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, is speaking out in Russian media to oppose the federal ban.

‘The law banning gay propaganda among minors is completely wrong,’ she told the Moscow Times.

‘I remember being 10 and wanting to be a girl and putting on girl’s clothes. I didn’t understand what was happening to me.

‘This was in the Soviet Union and there was no information to explain what was happening to me.

‘I went to dances dressed as a girl back when I looked more feminine. I also started taking hormone pills on my own, but they made me sick, and once an ambulance had to be called for me.

‘I had to stop taking the pills, and for five or six years after that I couldn’t take any pills at all.’

She added: ‘Just imagine all the kids who have no idea what’s happening to them. I never once met a homosexual in my childhood and only learned what a homosexual was when I was 14.

‘By then, I had long known that I was a woman and I had been wearing women’s clothes for years.

‘So it isn’t a matter of upbringing. It’s nature. That’s why I think the law against "homosexual propaganda" is a law against children and one that targets certain social groups. It is a fascist law and nothing else.’

Best explained to her wife when they started dating that she was female.

‘I explained that I like men, but I am a bisexual woman. In Russia, same-sex marriage is illegal, but in practice we have a same-sex marriage.

‘Really, I am more of the wife and she is more of the husband in terms of gender roles.’

On Facebook, she has invited the public to learn about trans people and follow her hormone and surgical treatments.

When asked if coming out was the right thing to do, Bast said: ‘If we use terms that are frequently used to describe outer space, I would say that before coming out I was like a black hole.

‘Now, though, I am expanding and becoming happier and happier. I’m like a bird that’s finally free. I don’t regret it. I did the right thing.’