Evgeny Shtorn, MA in Sociology, is a LGBT activist, organiser and researcher from Russia. In 2018, he was forced to leave Russia and claim asylum. Currently works as Cultural Diversity Researcher at Create - National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts. Also he is co-facilitating a project ‘Something From There’ in the National Gallery of Ireland. His academici nterests include queer theory, migration and hate crimes. He uses different forms of expression including poetry and anthropological diary to reflect social and political reality that makes people resist and never give up despite the fact that everything is designed to oppress them.
His texts has been published in academic journals, new media as well as in different anthologies in Russia, Spain, Germany and Ireland. As an activist he was involved for years with human rights and LGBT organisations.
Since applying for international protection in the Republic of Ireland and living in direct provision center he started the grass-routs initiative Queer Diaspora Ireland in order to create awareness and advocate for LGBT-people in direct provision, highlighting issues of gender based violence and bullying in such a hostile system of institutionalised living. He has been talking in multiple events in Ireland on this regards, including, Fire Station Artists Studios, Science Gallery, TCD, UCD, UCC, NUI Galway among others.