Ukraine Implements LGBTQ+ Nondiscrimination Law

Ukraine Implements LGBTQ+ Nondiscrimination Law

On July 23, 2022, Viktoriya, a woman from northern Ukraine completing her PhD in Berlin, marches in the Christopher Street Day parade. Ukrainian lawmakers have passed legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. (Photo by Michael K. Lavers for the Washington Blade)

According to the Washington Blade, Ukrainian parliament overwhelmingly adopted a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity on Thursday.

“It’s a significant step for Ukraine to begin adopting European principles in our legislation,” Olena Shevchenko, head of Insight, a Ukrainian LGBTQ and intersex rights organization, told the Washington Blade. “We hope that our government will soon accept LGBTQI individuals as equal.”

Following calls for marriage equality, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated earlier this year his support for civil partnerships (he pointed out that the current constitution, which cannot be amended during wartime, limits marriage to heterosexual couples). In 2021, Zelenskyy pledged President Joe Biden that his government will continue to combat sexual orientation and gender identity prejudice.

Russia launched war on Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Less than six months later, Zelenskyy confirmed his support for same-sex civil partnership legislation.




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