ADDED ON: 12/17/2022

Ukrainian lawmakers pass LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill

12/16/2022 | Washington Blade

Lawmakers in Ukraine on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that will ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “It’s a big step for Ukraine, to start adoption of our legislation to European values,” Olena Shevchenko, chair of Insight, a Ukrainian LGBTQ and intersex rights group, told the Washington Blade. “We hope our government will recognize LGBTQI people as equal as soon as possible.” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in 2021 pledged Ukraine would continue to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity after he met with President Joe Biden at the White House. Russia on Feb. 24, 2022, launched its war against Ukraine. Zelenskyy less than six months later said he supports a civil partnerships law for same-sex couples.

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