Gay issues put in focus

Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

A law banning homosexual propaganda was passed in Russia in June 2013. Activists say it has fuelled anti-gay abuse, discrimination and violence.

A photograph of a gay couple, Jon and Alex, highlighting this issue won the World Press Photo of the Year, and the First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles.

This photo was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III at shutter speed 1/200, focal length 35.0mm, F-Stop 2.2, ISO 1600.

This and other award-winning pictures are on display at the World Press Photo exhibition, presented by The Straits Times, now on at the National Museum of Singapore, The Concourse (Level 1) and The Canyon (Basement 1), from 10am to 7pm daily, until Feb 21.

Admission is free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'Gay issues put in focus'. Print Edition | Subscribe