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In pictures: Being lesbian/gay in Yekaterinburg

Correspondent Mark MacKinnon and photographer John Lehmann asked members of an LGBT support group to describe life in a single word. Here are some of their answers

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Risking courageously. Alexey Andrievskiy, 26, and Yaroslav Blindul, 33

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A fight to remain one’s self. Anna Gizullina, 52, is transgendered.

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Dust. Darya Kurgayeva, 22

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A fight. Maksim Volkov, 24

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Fear. Natalya Andrusyshyna, 30, and Svetlana Nikolaeyva, 36

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Outcast, excluded. Kristina Gainanova, 28

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Closedness. Elena Bratushenko, 37, and Anna Plyusnina, 30.

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