In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, Russian Gay rights campaigner Pavel Samburov (center left) and five other Gay rights activists kiss during a protest near the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia. A controversial bill banning “Homosexual propaganda” has been submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament for the first of three hearings Tuesday, Jan. 22. 2013. Associated Press/Misha Japaridze.
“I love Russia, but I want another Russia,” said Abduljalilov, 30, who now works as a clerk. “It’s a pity I can’t spend my life on creative projects instead of banging my head against the wall and repeating, ‘I’m normal, I’m normal.’ “