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Shared Past, Different Future? Russian and Georgian Authorities’ Discourse Concerning Homosexuality

Tolkachev D., Tolordava T.

Russian and Georgian people share not only a common history but also a relatively
common negative view on LGBT rights. Russia still does not have anti-discrimination
laws and regulates ‘homosexual propaganda’. In contrast, Georgia has discrimination
protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Why is public
opinion in one country deteriorating alongside the passing of anti-discrimination
laws, while in the other country, with little improvement in public opinion, it is prohibited
to ‘propagandize homosexuality’? We explain how authorities discursively
shape institutional changes related to LGBT rights. We assume that the formation of
institutions is possible in the process of discursive struggle when actors defend their
ideas and meanings about LGBT. Our argument addresses the theoretical framework
of institutional change and queer linguistics. We analyze discursive changes in Georgian
and Russian authorities debates from 2013 until 2019.