Trans soldier’s attack highlights challenges faced by LGBT Ukrainians

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08/18/2023

A transgender soldier of the Ukrainian armed forces was attacked while on leave in Lviv, highlighting the struggles faced by the LGBT community. Hanna Mark was a soldier in the Ukrainian armed forces well before the Russian full-scale invasion launched last year. As a transgender woman, Hanna is one of the many Ukrainians of all backgrounds and profiles who have decided to join the struggle against Russia’s expansionist aims in its neighbouring country. LGBT Ukrainians, minorities, those on the left and right of the political spectrum have all taken part in the fighting ever since the first invasion was launched in 2014. Some carry a unicorn patch to highlight their LGBT identity.

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