Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

February 12, 2015 10:47 AM

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Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

Danish photographer Mads Nissen shot his evocative winning picture of “Jon and Alex” in a bare room in Saint Petersburg, with only a dark brown curtain as a backdrop. One of the men lies with his eyes closed, while the other tenderly looks at him, their hands locked together.

Russia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community has come under increasing attacks in Russia, with the government earlier this year passing a controversial law banning transvestites and transsexuals from driving.

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