Ukraine: Amid War, LGBTI People Fight for Equal Rights

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10/03/2022

In late September, the LGBTI community in Ukraine’s northeastern city of Kharkiv defied ongoing shelling to hold a week of Pride events under the slogan, United as Never Before. Kharkiv Pride saw activists decorate the city – severely damaged from Russian missiles – with banners, organise rallies on the metro, hold memorial events for LGBTI people killed in the fighting and raise money for military personnel. The events highlighted ongoing efforts by Ukraine’s LGBTI community to fight for their rights, even amidst the full-scale invasion.

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