Mathias Rosenzweig

Mathias Rosenzweig is the Editorial Director of and a contributing writer to Billboard Style.

In The Heart of Political Ukraine, Kiev Clothing Anonymously Explores Gay Eastern Europe

With countries like Chechnya unceremoniously attacking homosexual populations, treatment of LGBTQA communities in Eastern Europe and Russia has become a widespread topic of concern. Despite rare exceptions (Russia continues to have a bustling drag scene, for example), the community isn’t legally protected from any form of discrimination and prohibits the distribution of propaganda promoting “non-traditional” sexual relationships to minors. Thus, there exists a soft-spoken, seemingly underground culture in these regions where the community can live within the gray zone of what is legal and what is not. Enter Kiev.