Declaration of Ilan H. Meyer, in the case of Bayev v. Russia
By Ilan H. Meyer
A statement submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in Bayev v. Russia, a case challenging the Russian law banning “homosexual propaganda.” Lesbians and gays living in Russia are at greater risk of being exposed to violence, harassment, and other violations of basic human rights because of the law. Daily stigmas and prejudicial incidents can lead to increased rates of mental and physical disorders. The model of minority stress describes the relationship between social stressors, mental disorders and health disparities which the law can trigger.