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Transgender woman commits suicide after being fired by Russian employer

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

EKATERINBURG, Russia — LGBT activists claim that a 22-year-old transgender woman is the first victim of Russia’s so-called anti-gay “propaganda” law.

VK.comDasha Stern

VK.comDasha Stern

Dasha Stern is reported to have committed suicide on October 16 after her employer allegedly fired her based on the fear that, by employing her, the firm would be in violation of the national ban on the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relationships>”

The Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights reported that Stern had recently been disowned by her parents and kicked out of her home, presumably for being transgender. Stern had also recently been approved for a mortgage and auto loan but was unable to make those payments after she lost her job.

Prominent Russian Human Rights attorney Masha Bast, along with other Russian LGBT activists, held a vigil and rally near the Kremlin in Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday in honor of Stern.

Bast, an openly bisexual trans woman, told RusAdvocate, the official blog for The Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights: “Vladimir Putin has created the system where there is no place for transgender, there is no place for dissenters.”

“Dasha Stern is the victim of the indifference of Russian society,” Bast said.

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  1. I hope her soul finds peace.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:21pm
  2. and the hate is getting real bad over there.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:21pm
  3. So ofl…l

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:22pm
  4. How terrible. A lot of people guided by the devil.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:22pm
  5. To go thru what she has gone thru, I would think it would push her to move away instead of ending her own life. I don’t know what kept her in Russia, and I don’t know her reasons for suicide.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:23pm
  6. wht the

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:24pm
  7. May she rest in peace.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:24pm
  8. Aww that is so so sad…r.i.p hunny.xx

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:26pm
  9. Cannot wait for the day when this world wakes up and no longer feels entitled to their militant ignorance. This is something societies of all countries have in common. It is shameful. Rest in peace, Dasha.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:26pm
  10. Governmental bullying!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:27pm
  11. No, it is “the indifference of Russian government…” Society only follows out of fear.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:27pm
  12. 2 sad…:( R.I.P

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:30pm
  13. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:31pm
  14. So sad. =( Gain some humanity people…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:34pm
  15. Very sad!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:34pm
  16. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:35pm
  17. She’s beautiful.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:36pm
  18. Sad, a life lost because of haters! May You Rest in Peace!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:36pm
  19. so very sad

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:38pm
  20. Very sad

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:40pm
  21. Don’t kill yourself. Kill them first.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:42pm
  22. sad!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:44pm
  23. So America will go into countries due to oil and overthrow governments who are against civil human rights. Yet they’re too scared to go in to a country to do the same when it’s someone as big as Russia. Nothing like picking and choosing who has rights and who doesn’t. Simple fact is that it would be a war they could easily lose and that’s what scares them.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:47pm
  24. uh huh.....you DO know that should the US go war with russia the entire world would be blown to hell? im not sure you thought this state threw. 100%

    Replied on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:43pm
  25. The fact that I was making is that America stick it to the easier places and for what they WANT. They say that they're in it for human rights, but what about gay human rights? They wouldn't go to war due to fear of the repercussions, but they could get off their butts and give them the tough guy tactics.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:46pm
  26. This is unfortunate and unnecessary. A life is gone due to hate.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:48pm
  27. Awww that’s so sad I woulda made her feel better if I knew her…so she wouldn’t of done that…rip..GOD BLESS YOU NOW UR AN ANGEL…may you finally be at peace…..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:48pm
  28. i cried reading this

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:49pm
  29. Heartbreaking. Think I’ll have me some communist lesbian’s having abortions to sooth my sadness. RIP sweet lady.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:49pm
  30. Horrible!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:54pm
  31. Her spirit soars above the hate and ignorance to be at peace.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:57pm
  32. No reason to kill yourself thats the cowards way out ……

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:59pm
  33. Jasier – when you’re broken down its not cowardly. At all. You’re just so hurt and unhappy the depression blinds you from even seeing a chance at a future of happiness. Don’t judge! She is a sister and we should have her back. Not look down at her.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:03pm
  34. It is what it is … seek help stand your ground. .. dont kill yourself . ..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:05pm
  35. how obscurantist society is this …

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:08pm
  36. so sorry.. you’re a loss to the world

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:16pm
  37. How many people have to suffer and die because people get over their homophobia? I’m sick of people in this world.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:18pm
  38. R.I.P

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:23pm
  39. Too be the employer wasn’t the one to commit suicide.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:28pm
  40. And this they are ok with? Denying LGBT men and women their rights as citizens, and this is what it leads to!! The world needs to wake up. All the suicide in the world due to denying us our rights, for looking at us like we are a disease, for making us feel like we are animals that need to be extinct. We do all the same things straight people do, we just like the same sex and this is the only thing that is keeping us from being able to marry the one we love.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:29pm
  41. what a terrible loss, but at least she is somewhere now where she won’t be bullied

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
  42. Oh gosh….this breaks my heart for her, her loved ones, family….and ALL THE REST OF US.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:41pm
  43. :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:59pm
  44. :’( Poutine=murderer.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:04pm
  45. Sometimes you have to fight and die for what you believe in but this is dying without the fight. The bigots won.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:19pm
  46. so sad :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:47pm
  47. It’s about Russia was put into it’s place, just like the fridge of a atmosphere they have over there. That’s exactly where the government should be put, into cold storage!

    Just to prove that the world isn’t full of homophobic morons, I’m a straight male who believes in live in and let live.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:49pm
  48. dafuq is this nonsense, be nice

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:38pm
  49. 0_0

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:25pm
  50. I hate Russia very much!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:44pm
  51. Never kill yourself. I can’t believe how bad things have gotten in Russia… Rest in Peace, angel.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:55pm
  52. THIS SHIT MUST CHANGE!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:17am
  53. Prayers for her family and loved ones

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:21am
  54. :( The world is so cruel!

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1:19am
  55. Poor soul must be so disheartened

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:01am
  56. Fucking sad. Shit to this russian employer.

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:31am
  57. Sad so sad please pray dor the close minded it is a tragedy

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:43am
  58. Why are some people so cruel to others ?! She wasn’t hurting anybody just by being herself !!

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:53am
  59. very sad :( why do people do this? the world is a better place with lgbt people.

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:14pm
  60. Twitter

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:29pm
  61. Way to fuck the lives of the innocent and smear dollars in their blood! Go MOTHER FUCKING russia!

    Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:36pm