Lauren Nackman and Michelle Winkle, who have been working productively for a long time in the field of social services in the U.S., met with Konstantine Kosachev, who is one of the coordinators of the GLBT hotline. The hotline is run by the community center "Together."
At present, Nackman and Winkle work for state-run social services in the capital of California, Sacramento. They talked about the difficulties of maintaining social services for homosexuals in America and then shared some of the details of the events surrounding the law allowing same-sex marriages in California. The initiative, as we have already mentioned, will most likely be vetoed by the governor of the state, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Konstantine Kosachev came to an agreement with Lauren and Michelle about conducting a training for the operators of the hotline at the community center "Together." The American colleagues were informed about other projects taking place at the center. The Director of the Center, Ed Mishin, told them about the publishing of the gay magazine "Kvir," and presented them with the gay guide "Spartak" and the book "69 Russian Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transsexuals."
We would like to remind you that the center "Together" continues to conduct a whole series of projects, which are aimed at supporting the GLBT community in the capital and in the regions of Russia. These projects are jointly carried out with other social organizations. Amongst them is the "Group of Mutual Aid for GLBT," which recommenced its work in July of 2005.