Ukraine

LGBTI Rights in Ukraine


ADDED ON: 11/09/2020

LGBTQ rights in Ukraine and the false dawn of Zelenskyy

The election of showbiz star Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the youngest ever president of Ukraine in spring 2019 was cheered by many in the country’s LGBTQ community. His election campaign was based on…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

How American religious conservatives fought LGBT rights in Ukraine

This year has seen several blows to LGBT rights in Ukraine. In June, the Law Enforcement committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, voted down a proposed law which would have enhanced…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2020

Ukraine Wraps Skyscraper in Rainbow for Pride to Fight Homophobia

The owners of the second-tallest building in Ukraine are taking a stand against a rising tide of homophobia in the region. The colors of the Pride flag will be projected onto the…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2020

A landmark court case on “traditional values” in Ukraine ends strangely – in victory for both sides

In Ukraine, the often tense public battle over “traditional values” rumbles on - but in the courtroom. In 2018, 80 Ukrainian local authorities called on the country’s parliament, cabinet of ministers and…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Ukrainian neo-Nazis attack LGBT ‘pride’ event in Odessa, organizers say police were slow to intervene but 16 people later arrested

Sixteen Ukrainian ultra-nationalists were arrested on Sunday after the far-right Christian organization 'Tradition and Order' attacked marchers at Odessa Pride 2020, the city's biggest celebration of LGBT society and culture. According to…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Nationalists fought with participants of the LGBT festival in Odessa

As noted by law enforcement officers, opponents of the LGBT movement sprayed gas in the crowd and pelted the activists with eggs. The perpetrators also shouted obscene nationalist slogans. As a result…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights

Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic backlash by conservative forces has followed. On a visit to Senegal in…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2020

Ukraine and Albania urged to protect LGBT+ people from hate and discrimination

Ukraine should reform its laws to combat homophobic hate crimes and Albania should give more rights to same-sex couples and trans people, a top European rights body said on Wednesday, amid a…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2020

LGBT+ group sues Ukraine religious figure linking coronavirus to gay marriage

A Ukrainian LGBT+ group said on Monday it has sued one of the country’s most prominent religious figures over comments blaming the spread of the coronavirus on same-sex marriage, in what the…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2020

Supporting PrEP in eastern Europe and central Asia

ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity – recently published a report on access to PrEP (regular medication to prevent HIV infection) in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2020

Ukraine’s LGBT+ war veterans boost battle for equality

Ukraine army veteran Viktor Pylypenko kept his sexuality a secret for years, worried that the men he had fought alongside would turn against him if they knew he was gay. When he…

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