On April 27, Top Russian scientist and sexologist Igor Kon passed away after a long illness.
Igor Kon was born in Leningrad on May 21, 1928. He graduated from Herzen State Pedagogical University with a degree in history in 1947 and was awarded a candidate of sciences degree by the same university in 1950. He was awarded the doctor of sciences degree by Leningrade State University in 1959.
Kon was awarded an honorary professorship from Cornell University in 1989 and received a doctor honoris causa degree from the University of Surrey in 1992.
In 2005, the World Association for Sexual Health awarded Kon its Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to sexology.
Igor Kon devoted several of his works to the history of the gay community and its culture in Russia and abroad.
He was one of the few members of the Russian intelligentsia and academic community who spoke against homophobia and in support of a tolerant attitude towards LGBT people.
His support in favour of sexual minorities cost him hate from religious groups who often demanded that he was excluded from academic and scientifical organizations.
Igor Kon remains the founder of the Russian sexuality. His research on sexuality and the history of gay culture are fundamental works for LGBT activists in Russia.
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