Tag Archive | Ukraine

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 […]

Joint Letter to the President of Ukraine on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Grounds of Non-Discrimination in the Constitution

Joint Letter to the President of Ukraine on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Grounds of Non-Discrimination in the Constitution

Three human rights organisations, Amnesty International, Freedom House and Human Rights Watch, have written a joint letter to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, urging him to provide for non-discrimination for LGBT people in the new constitution, dated August 4th. The latest draft of the new constitution does not specifically include the mention of sexual […]

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 […]

UN Human Rights Monitors Find LGBT Targeted By Both Sides In Ukraine Conflict, AIDS/HIV Also Affected

UN Human Rights Monitors Find LGBT Targeted By Both Sides In Ukraine Conflict, AIDS/HIV Also Affected

A recent report,  dated 15th May,  from the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine [HRMMU] watching the situation of minorities including LGBT people, stated that LGBT people were being targeted by both sides in the conflict.

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Petition Eurovision to Ban Austrian Entry Conchita Wurst

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Petition Eurovision to Ban Austrian Entry Conchita Wurst

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have all petitioned Eurovision to remove – or at least edit out – Austrian entrant Conchita Wurst from this year’s competition, as the presence of a drag queen in the contest has been branded by the Russians as “inapplicable” to their way of life.  The drag artist, Conchita Wurst – real name Tom […]

Watch: The Battle for LGBT Rights in Ukraine

Caught between Europe and Russia, the LGBT world in Ukraine is at its biggest turning point now. While the political situation in Ukraine is still quite fragile at the moment, about 80 percent of its people still hold negative views of homosexuality. Melbourne-based reporter and film-maker, Ben Rylan, spoke to journalist, Maxim Eristavi, about his struggle to ignite change in […]