Tag Archive | Ukraine

Gay War Veteran Calls for Equal Rights in Ukraine’s Military

Gay War Veteran Calls for Equal Rights in Ukraine’s Military

Ukraine’s Western-backed government has increased support for LGBT+ rights in recent years. Parliament outlawed workplace discrimination in 2015, though homophobic attitudes remain fairly widespread

Ukraine: LGBT+ activists attacked online and in the street

Ukraine: LGBT+ activists attacked online and in the street

For days, death threats and homophobic insults have been pouring into Sofiia Lapina’s messaging inbox – a constant reminder of the hatred she often encounters as an LGBT+ rights activist in Ukraine. Members of a far-right channel on the Telegram messaging app published Lapina’s phone number last month, and – following a series of recent […]

Ukraine and Albania urged to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination

Ukraine and Albania urged to protect LGBT+ people from 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 backlash against LGBT+ rights in Eastern Europe. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), part of the Council of Europe, renewed a […]

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 […]

Ukraine: LGBT+ war veterans boost battle for equality

Ukraine: 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 finally came out publicly in 2018, two years after leaving the volunteer Donbas Battalion he had served with, Pylypenko realised his fears were […]

Ukraine: Kiev hosts its biggest-ever Pride Parade

Ukraine: Kiev hosts its biggest-ever Pride Parade

(Reuters) – Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching in a gay Pride parade in Kiev on Sunday, the biggest and most peaceful ever in the former Soviet country. Crowds of people, many dressed in bright colours, paraded along streets in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, holding up banners saying: ‘Diversity is beautiful’, […]

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 […]