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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gay City Guide Struggles to Get Necessary Funds




It seems there is a publication for everyone in this print-happy country. But Anatoly Ignatyev sees a serious lack: There is no guide to gay culture.


Ignatyev and his colleague Sergei Tumanov are putting together the "Moscow-St. Petersburg Gay Guide." They have collected information on clubs, bars, restaurants and non-profit organizations catering to the gay public. Their problem is finding the money to print it.


"Unfortunately, we started this in the beginning of September," Ignatyev said. He said many businesses said they would be glad to help, but Russia's economic crisis has left them without much cash.


Ignatyev and Tumanov had planned to have the guide ready by the end of November and are still hoping they can pull it off. Dec. 1 is AIDS Awareness Day, and the guide will include some related information.


They put together the information for the guide primarily through personal contacts. "The [gay] community is the kind of thing where everybody knows each other well," Ignatyev said.


He said he hopes to attract as many sponsors or advertisers as possible so that the cover price of the guide can be kept low. He and Tumanov plan to have it sold at night clubs, as well as through the Moskovsky Novosti and Sovershenno Sekretno networks of kiosks.


Ignatyev said he and Tumanov would also try to make it available at hotels, so that the information will be available to tourists.


Anyone interested in advertising in the gay guide or assisting in its publication can e-mail Anatoly Ignatyev at pharmexpert@glasnet.ru