Ukraine activists, ambivalent allies seek ban on anti-LGBTI bias

Ukrainian LGBTQ activists vow to continue fighting for their rights.

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LGBTI rights activists have vowed to keep pushing for passage of a Ukrainian law against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

They fell short this week in the Ukrainian parliament, although they amassed more votes than in the previous attempt.

Olena Shevchenko, chair of the LGBTI advocacy organization Insight, explains here what’s at stake and how LGBTI activists joined an uneasy coalition in favor of the proposal. Her statement has been lightly edited:

Kiev protesters seek passage of ban on anti-LGBTI discrimination. (Photo courtesy of Anastasia Vlasova via Kyiv Times) Kiev protesters seek passage of ban on anti-LGBTI discrimination. (Photo courtesy of Anastasia Vlasova via Kyiv Times)

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