Friday, May 17, 2024

Ukranian LGBTQ people face a double drama in the occupied territories by Russia

 


The situation of LGBTQ people in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine by Russia is deplorable and requires urgent attention from the international community and human rights defenders. 

Under Ukrainian law, LGBTQ citizens have the right to non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity but do not have the right to recognition of same-sex marriages or partnerships. 

From the perspective of Russian legislation de facto applied in the occupied territories, LGBTQ citizens are deprived of the right to freely express their sexual orientation and gender identity by the so-called "gay propaganda law" promoted by Putin. LGBTQ people are subjected to discrimination, harassment, violence, hate speech, etc., by the occupying authorities, illegal armed groups, and organized homophobic groups.

OutRight Action International launched a fundraiser to help LGBTQ people in Ukraine impacted by Russia’s invasion. The money will be channelled to LGBTQ groups in Ukraine and nearby countries to provide shelter and support. Donations can be made here.