In May of this year, Nash Svit Center decided to repeat the survey of Ukrainians on their attitude to LGBT people, which was conducted for us by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in 2016. The results of the 2016 and 2022 surveys have turned out to be so different, and the changes — so unambiguous, that it is simply impossible to explain them by statistical error.
Recently the Ukrainian government received a special questionnaire to assess the readiness of a potential candidate for membership before the start of the EU accession process. Nash Svit Center decided to contribute to the review of this questionnaire by the EU institutions and answered, within its competence, questions directly related to the protection of the rights of LGBTQ people in Ukraine.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic and related quarantine restrictions, activity of LGBT organizations have largely moved to the Internet. Restrictions on mass events and personal meetings have reduced documented cases of LGBT rights violations, but far-right and traditionalist groups did not reduce, but rather increased, their aggression against those physical LGBT events which still occur in Ukrainian cities.
The Ukrainian Parliament is currently examining three draft laws concerning hate crimes, based on sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) and religion. Many fear that the bills will be covered up under pressure by pro-Russian political forces.