Ukraine’s Oscar entry tells story of gay Soviet director
culture / ukraine

Ukraine’s Oscar entry tells story of gay Soviet director

(Source: Petrelis Files, 9 Oct 2013) Before there was the New Queer Cinema movement, there was Sergei Parajanov, pictured at right, a Georgian-born Armenian screenwriter and director who was openly bisexual and suffered artistically and personally at the hands of the Soviets. Born in 1924 and living until 1990, he made tremendous contributions to Ukrainian, … Continue reading

LGBT rights in Ukraine a “matter of time”
anti-LGBT violence / homophobia / ukraine

LGBT rights in Ukraine a “matter of time”

Svyatoslav Sheremet, the leader of Gay Forum Ukraine, believes that Ukraine will have to reconcile itself to ensuring full rights for its LGBT citizens. Speaking in an interview with the online portal From-UA.com, Sheremet accused Ukrainian parliamentarians of adopting double standards in their approach to defending human rights in Ukraine. Sheremet said he believes that … Continue reading

Ukrainian churches oppose EU demands for LGBT rights
catholic church / europe / orthodox church / religion / ukraine

Ukrainian churches oppose EU demands for LGBT rights

Churches in Ukraine have said they oppose expanded freedoms for gay people as a precondition for closer ties with the European Union. Fr Ihor Yatsiv, spokesman for the Ukrainian Catholic Church, told the Catholic News Service: “Although we don’t create obstacles for these people in their relations with God, our Church speaks in traditional language … Continue reading

Ukraine’s gay community lives in Russia’s shadow
russia / ukraine

Ukraine’s gay community lives in Russia’s shadow

Across Ukraine’s western border, gay Ukrainians are watching nervously as Russia increasingly seeks to bring its Western neighbor Ukraine under the influence of the Kremlin. In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, gay men and women have become the political scapegoats of choice. Violence against the LGBT community that is inflicted and permitted by the police is commonplace, … Continue reading

Amnesty Slams Ukraine on LGBT rights
ukraine

Amnesty Slams Ukraine on LGBT rights

The Human Rights organisation Amnesty International has said that Ukraine’s recent bid to release itself from EU obligations to legislate against homophobia is an unacceptable attempt to deny equal rights in the country. The Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, promised in February that the country would soon ban all anti-gay discrimination in an interview with … Continue reading