My friend Phil Butler insisted I had to share the experiences of my life. I did.
My sincere hope is that it helps our so sadly imperfect world to be a friendlier place.
Because mutual understanding is the first and maybe the most important key to peaceful coexistence. We are all different — but that's normal, just natural. And the world evidently needs more tolerance. Not just that to sexual choices, but a wider one — to ideas, ways of life, traditions and beliefs, so far these do not threaten other people and nations.
I did not include all the details in my text: it is an online article, not a kind of "War And Peace". But in case you have any questions, or you'd like me to throw more light on this or that part of our former life, feel free to ask. You can also get some more information about me in some of my posts here, tagged "me & my background".
I am here (and there, in the "Our Russia") to answer. To build up understanding.