|Davis carries her bride, Brux. They managed to tie the knot despite protestations from a Russian registry office (Picture: CEN)|
Alison Brooks (on the left), married Alina Davis (right). in Russia, a country where same-sex weddings are banned, violence against homosexuals is on the rise.23-year-old Alina was born a man named Dmitry Kozhukhov. She labels herself as “androgyne,” which means she doesn’t fit neatly into one gender identity, goes around wearing women’s clothes every day, but because her birth certificate lists her as a man, the Russian authorities couldn’t refuse them their marriage certificate or their right to marry.
Both Brooks and Davis wore white wedding dresses. While the two were refused entry through the front door they had to enter through the rear entrance to get married. Davis thinks this is a big moment for couples in Russia. “We are not alone in having such problems,” she says. “I have written to couples who are planning similar marriages and are afraid of failures with registration. Be aware – you cannot be refused.”