Anna Goodson was so disturbed by Russia’s treatment of LGBT people that she organized a creative backlash.
Goodson explained the project’s origins on her blog, saying, “I was wracking my brain to try to figure out a way to make a statement and possibly a difference. Since, illustration is a big part of my life, I had an idea.”
Goodson then sent a memo to everyone she works with at the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency and asked “if they wanted to ‘make a statement.'” A sampling from the resulting gallery of original illustrations is on the following pages.
They include Olympic references, tied overtly to Russia’s hosting the games in Sochi next year but with a sometimes subtle message about equality. They include quintessential Russian imagery, including the turrets of its most notable architecture. All of them are a way of showing dissent toward Vladimir Putin’s so-called gay propaganda law and others that make life untenable for LGBT people in Russia…