Situation of LGBT in Ukraine


This publication presents information that reflects the social, legal and political situation of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people in Ukraine in 2018. It contains data and analyses of the issues related to LGBT rights and interests in legislation, public and political life, and public opinion, and provides examples of discrimination on ground of sexual orientation or gender identity and more.

Hate crimes and incidents in Ukraine

The publication briefly analyzes and reflects the current situation with hate crimes and incidents in Ukraine on various grounds and towards various vulnerable groups: the legal framework, socio-historical context, trends and prospects for development. This publication is intended for general education of specialists and the public as well as provides practical recommendations for improving the situation in this area.

LGBT situation in Ukraine in 2018 (January – August)

2018 has demonstrated a notable increase in activity and visibility of the Ukrainian LGBT community and some improvement in the attitude of Ukrainian society and the state towards it. At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities have not been ready to fulfil their commitments under the Action Plan on Human Rights on the adoption of important fundamental changes in legislation; however, they have not refused ultimately to implement changes and have actually taken certain decisions to protect the interests of LGBT people.
The police provided effective protection of LGBT events throughout the country in the cases where their conducting was agreed upon in advance; however, the practice of investigating hate crimes based on homo/transphobia remained extremely inefficient and unsatisfactory.
Ukrainian churches continued to actively support homophobic discrimination initiatives of other organisations and activists, but, except for the UOC (MP), they refrained from hate speech and their own incitements to discrimination. “The protection of the traditional family” became the main slogan of the current anti-LGBT campaigns in Ukraine.

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