Forced Underground. Homosexuals in Soviet Latvia

Rita Ruduša
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Grāmata „Pagrīdes citādība. Homoseksuāļi Padomju Latvijā” ir papildinājums un turpinājums 2010. gada jūnijā notikušajai konferenecei „Cilvēktiesības un homoseksualitāte – pagātne, tagadne, nākotne”. Izdevumā autore apkopojusi 12 homoseksuālu cilvēku dzīvesstāstus, kas tapuši pusotra gada laikā. Grāmata latviešu valodā nāca klajā 2012. gadā. 2014. gadā izdots tās tulkojums angļu valodā. "Rita Ruduša's book is a testimony to the isolation, anguish and concessions that every person aware of their homosexuality had to face in Soviet-day Latvia. It refutes the official myth that there were no homosexuals in the USSR and shows that there certainly were, despite the efforts of the state and fellow humans to "repair" them or simply extinguish them. Rejection and humiliation, hours of loneliness and moments of despair, public ridicule and unsolved murders, oppression by religion and medicine - all of these are recorded in the history of homosexuals in Latvia. But what about dignity, the ability to trust, and the need to love and be loved - do those remain unattainable dreams to this day?" Kārlis Vērdiņš, poet. Rita Ruduša was born in 1966 in Riga. She entered journalism in the early nineties, a time of tectonic shifts in European history, and was one of the first special correspondents of the newly independent Latvia, working for Diena, the flagship daily newspaper published in Riga. She was based in Moscow, and covered the rapidly changing political and cultural landscape, interviewing a range of significant figures, including Vaclav Havel and Yegor Gaidar. She also reported from conflict zones, in Georgia and Moldova. She has contributed extensively to leading print, broadcast and online media in Latvia and has published several book translations from English and Czech, including Arthur Ransome’s Racundra’s Third Cruise and Vaclav Havel’s Letters to Olga. Ms Ruduša spent several years in Prague working as a broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and in London as a media researcher at the Open Society Foundations. She now lives in Riga and works for the Latvian Television. This is her first book.

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