US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refuses to meet with LGBT activists in Ukraine

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02/01/2020

Donald Trump’s anti-LGBT+ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Ukraine this week, but refused to meet with LGBT+ community leaders. Pompeo made the trip to show America’s commitment to defending Ukraine against aggression from Russia, in the middle president’s impeachment trial which centres on his alleged abuse of power over Ukraine. According to The New York Times, Pompeo said at a news conference after meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky: “Today I’m here with a clear message: The United States sees that the Ukrainian struggle for freedom, democracy and prosperity is a valiant one. But when Pompeo met with Ukrainian civic society leaders in the country’s capital, Kyiv, on Friday January 31, LGBT+ leaders were distinctly absent. LGBT+ activist Anna Sharyhina told The Daily Beast that support is exactly what the LGBT+ community in Ukraine needs.

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