Tag Archive | Kiev

LGBT+ group sues Ukraine religious figure

LGBT+ group sues Ukraine religious figure

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 group said was the first such case in ex-Soviet nation. Kiev-based group, Insight, said it took legal action against Patriarch Filaret, who heads […]

European Lesbian* Conference, Kiev, Ukraine, 12-14 April 2019

European Lesbian* Conference, Kiev, Ukraine, 12-14 April 2019

  The second European Lesbian* Conference  will take place in Kiev, Ukraine, from 12 – 14 April 2019.   Based on attendance at the 2017 conference in Vienna, where over 400 women were present, the Kiev event expects several hundred participants.   During a session entitled Building Support via Sport for Women*, representatives from FGG, EGLSF, and […]

Loved and loathed: Raising a gay child in the former Soviet Union

Loved and loathed: Raising a gay child in the former Soviet Union

It was the poems that gave it away. Heartfelt writings about a man’s love for a man, and a woman’s love for a woman, found on the family computer, sent Olena Globa into a seething rage when she confronted her then-teenage son about his sexuality. “I sat down on the sofa next to him. I […]

Ukraine: Kiev police detain anti-Gay Pride March protesters

Ukraine: Kiev police detain anti-Gay Pride March protesters

(Reuters) Ukrainian police said they had detained 56 members of far-right radical groups in Kiev on Sunday after scuffles before the capital’s Gay Pride march. Otherwise, the annual rally of several thousand supporters of LGBT rights took place without serious incident. Early in the morning, more than 150 far-right protesters had sought to block off the […]

Homeless LGBT Ukrainians find shelter in Kiev

Homeless LGBT Ukrainians find shelter in Kiev

Staring at the Berlin Wall mural of Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev, kissing East German leader, Erich Honecker, on the mouth, Yevhenii Kalashnyk knew it was time to come out as gay. The 20-year-old Ukrainian kissed a friend in front of the graffiti painting in September, and posted the photo on Instagram. The decision changed his […]

Kiev: Sunday’s Gay Pride March Largely Incident-free

Kiev: Sunday’s Gay Pride March Largely Incident-free

Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for Gay Pride in Kiev on Sunday (18 June) carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags, in a parade flanked by a thick cordon of helmeted police. Some supporters of LGBT rights see progress in Ukraine as symptomatic of the country’s closer integration with the European […]

Ukraine: Clashes At Gay Pride March Lead To Injuries And Arrests

Ukraine: Clashes At Gay Pride March Lead To Injuries And Arrests

A peaceful gay pride march yesterday was disrupted by right-wing activists, members of the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) a group which had been active in demonstrations to unseat the Ukranian President last year. The group’s aim was to disrupt the protest and ‘defend conservative values’. Numbering about 12, and wearing Right Sector insignias, they had […]