Marina Lemischenko and Marina Kostetska were excited to be starting a new life together outside the Ukrainian capital of Kiev after they managed to flee the war waged by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country. Yet even after seeming to find safety and freedom, the two Marina's have discovered they face a different kind of battle -- against discrimination. Both about 30 years old, the women have been lesbian partners for more than five years. Although the highly Westernized government in Kiev claimed in its pursuit of European Union membership that it respected LGBT rights, both women said they still must be very careful in public because of possible retribution for being in a same-sex relationship.
February 12 / Yahoo News