Ukraine victory: ‘Celebration with tears on our eyes’

Ukrainian LGBTQ activists now have a reason to celebrate. You now of a record of this epic struggle and ultimate success in Ukraine.

76 CRIMES

LGBT Ukrainians won a victory Nov. 12 with the passage of a ban on employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. But was it a hollow victory, and perhaps just a temporary victory?

Olena Shevchenko, chair of the Ukrainian LGBTI advocacy organization Insight, analyzes what led up to the Nov. 12 parliamentary vote in favor of the ban, what was achieved, the harms that were done in the process, and the likely next steps:

Celebration with tears on our eyes

Protesters on Nov. 10 in Kiev push for a ban on discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace. (Photo by Anastasia Vlasova courtesy of Kyiv Post) Protesters on Nov. 10 in Kiev push for a ban on discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace. (Photo by Anastasia Vlasova courtesy of Kyiv Post)

Nov. 12, 2015, will remain a meaningful symbolic date in the history of Ukrainian LGBT movement. On that day, we can say, we made the first visible step towards equality and human rights values. But is it a real achievement?…

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