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April 14, 2014

This is the first time LGBTI people in the peninsula have been forced to live under Russian homophobic rules since the beginning of the Crimea crisis

Crimea has banned a planned Pride march on the basis of Russia’s gay propaganda law.

Sevastopol authorities banned today (14 April) the parade scheduled for 22-23 April.

This is the first time LGBTI people in the peninsula have been forced to live under Russian homophobic rules since the beginning of the Crimea crisis.

LGBTI people were largely split on the referendum that saw 97% vote in favor of seceding from Ukraine and join Russia.

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 26, 2014

The 2014 World Congress of Families that was to see far-right anti-gay groups from around the world descend on Moscow has been cancelled due to tensions between the Russia and the Ukraine – with US and European sanctions cited as why it can’t go ahead

US and European sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea may have had unintended consequences for some of the world’s most virulent anti-gay groups as the organizers of the 2014 World Congress of Families cancel their conference which was to be held in Moscow.

The group announced the cancellation of the conference yesterday in a press release, writing, ‘Planning on World Congress of Families VIII - the Moscow Congress … has been suspended for the time being.

March 26, 2014

The 2014 World Congress of Families that was to see far-right anti-gay groups from around the world descend on Moscow has been cancelled due to tensions between the Russia and the Ukraine – with US and European sanctions cited as why it can’t go ahead

US and European sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea may have had unintended consequences for some of the world’s most virulent anti-gay groups as the organizers of the 2014 World Congress of Families cancel their conference which was to be held in Moscow.

The group announced the cancellation of the conference yesterday in a press release, writing, ‘Planning on World Congress of Families VIII - the Moscow Congress … has been suspended for the time being.

March 25, 2014

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko is claiming the European Commission has allowed it to exclude LGBTI people from new anti-discrimination legislation but the Commission says that is incorrect

A senior Ukrainian government minister is claiming that the European Commission has let it off the hook when it comes to protecting LGBTI people from discrimination but a spokesman for the commission claims otherwise.

‘We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination,’ Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said, according to the Global Post.

March 25, 2014

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko is claiming the European Commission has allowed it to exclude LGBTI people from new anti-discrimination legislation but the Commission says that is incorrect

A senior Ukrainian government minister is claiming that the European Commission has let it off the hook when it comes to protecting LGBTI people from discrimination but a spokesman for the commission claims otherwise.

‘We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination,’ Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said, according to the Global Post.

March 6, 2014

Russian president, who is involved in the Ukraine crisis and approves the country's homophobic laws, is nominated for the million-dollar prize

Despite the rampant homophobia in Russia, and the conflict in Ukraine, Putin is in the running to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the million-dollar prize.

He was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

Russia’s International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, who also nominated the president last year, said Putin is more deservning than 2009 winner Barack Obama.

March 1, 2014

'... Ukrainian LGBT people share the most of traditional values of the Ukrainian people and are in no way seeking [a] fight with the churches.'

As the Russian Parliament gave authority to President Vladimir Putin to use military action against Ukraine, the country's LGBTI citizens wondered if the embattled government would respect their equality.

Svyatoslav Sheremet, director of the Gay Forum of Ukraine, sent a release to PRIDE Solidarity, a group that supports LGBTI people in eastern and central Europe.

December 4, 2013

Maxim Marcinkiewicz, AKA ‘Machete,’ is now wanted on criminal charges in two countries after he entrapped and humliiated a former X Factor Ukraine contestant and posted his ordeal online

The leader of the Russian homophobic hate group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ is now wanted in two countries after he resurfaced in Ukraine.

Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Machete, recently entrapped former X Factor Ukraine contestant Alexander Bohun after he answered a personals add on the Russian social network VK.

November 11, 2013

The leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ which has been entrapping and humiliating young gay Russians on camera is reportedly on the run in Thailand after authorities began investigating him over an alleged racist attack in the Ukraine

Maxim Martsinkevich, the founder of the homophobic ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ Russian movement entrapping young gay men and then humiliating them on film is on the run in Thailand after authorities deemed a recent video he made to humiliate an Iraqi foreign student to be racist.

In the video Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Machete, claims the Iraqi student believed he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for sex in an apartment in the Ukraine but instead he is confronted by Martsinkevich while taking a shower.

September 7, 2013

The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights wants to backtrack on decision to offer LGBTs legal protection

Human rights charity Amnesty International has expressed outrage following Ukraine's bid to opt out of the European Union's anti-homophobia laws.

Valeriya Lutkowska, Ukraine's Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, announced on Thursday she and fellow delegates would travel to Brussels and attempt to persuade the EU to allow them to not take up laws which would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director, has expressed disgust at the announcement.

August 19, 2013

The United Nations' human rights office has rejected Kremlin's controversial anti-gay laws, urging President Putin to consider welfare of LGBT community

The human rights office of the United Nations has rejected Russia’s controversial ban on the promotion of ‘gay propaganda’, instead urging the Kremlin to repeal the law.

Speaking in Kiev in Ukraine, human rights advisor Claude Cahn from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has called the anti-gay laws ‘inherently discriminatory in both intent and effect’.

June 8, 2013

The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights has called for LGBT status to be added to the country’s hate crime laws and for an end to attempts to ban so-called ‘homosexual propaganda.’

Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Valeriia Lutkovska has called for lawmakers to add LGBT status to laws in the country’s criminal code which see greater responsibility placed on perpetrators who commit crimes motivated by intolerance.

Lutkovska made the call in an annual report on the state of human and civil rights and freedoms in Ukraine published on the Commissioner's website.

May 25, 2013

With a heavy police presence, people march in the Ukraine's first ever gay pride parade

Despite a ban, Kyiv had its first gay pride parade.

Approximately 50 people marched today (25 May) in KyivPride-2013. Organized by KyivPride, Amnesty International and numerous European Union embassies and parliaments, the march in the Ukraine capital lasted approximately an hour.

The mayor of Munich, Josef Hep Monatzeder, joined the parade.

May 20, 2013

62 Ukrainian parliamentarians signed a petition demanded from Kiev's mayor to ban a planned gay pride parade later this month

Sixty-one lawmakers signed a petition urging Ukraine’s capital city’s mayor to ban a gay-pride parade in Kiev scheduled for 25 May.

Pavlo Unhuryan, parliamentary and leader of the right wing of Ukraine’s Family Movement, announced today (20 May) that the petition requests a total ban on gay-pride parades ‘and similar events in Kiev in May-June 2013.’

May 17, 2013

GSN meets one of Europe’s leading champions for LGBT equality who argues gay and trans citizens need the European unity more than ever

It was raining in Brussels and I was late. I’d over-estimated my walking speed and sense of direction on my way to meet with Michael Cashman, one of the UK’s representatives to the European Parliament.

His assistant Renaud rang me: ‘Where are you now?’

‘I don’t know. I can see the Sofitel?’

‘Oh. You have to cross the park. I will meet you in reception.’

Well-groomed and impeccably dressed, Renaud was sympathetic when I finally made it to the reception of the parliament – my clothes dripping and my shoes covered in grass.

May 16, 2013

A new report by Amnesty International reveals homophobia reached endemic levels in Ukraine

A report launched in Kiev a day before the International Day Against Homophobia, shows that homophobia and anti LGBT discrimination is spiraling out of control in the Ukraine.

The 17 page report launched today (16 May), entitled ‘Nothing to be proud of: Discrimination against LGBTI people in Ukraine’, highlights a number of violent attacks on individuals.

April 18, 2013

Ukraine's proposal of homophobic draft laws has caused MEPs to urge EU to refuse easier travel visas to its citizens

European Parliament's approval of easier visas to Ukrainians was met with opposition from members (MEPs) over the country's proposed anti-gay laws today (18 April).

A simple majority of politicians voted in favor for this decision in Strasbourg, with an agreement planned to be signed in May.

April 15, 2013

ILGA European, an LGBT advocacy group told the European parliament to suspend visa agreement with the Ukraine until it fulfills its commitments on gay rights

The European parliament was called upon to postpone visa facilitation to ensure Ukraine fulfills its commitments first on LGBT rights.

The appeal by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Europe comes just a day ahead (16 April) of a scheduled debate a draft resolution in the European parliament on a visa facilitation agreement between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine.

A vote on whether the EU is to allow visa-free travel from the Ukraine is expected on 17 April.

April 15, 2013

LGBT community in the Ukraine gets an online hub to encourage activism

This month sees the launch of an LGBT Portal for Ukraine, giving the former Soviet country an online hub for LGBT community events, information and activism for the first time.

The website, which is funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is bilingual (English and Russian) and features news, gay travel advice, lifestyle pieces, LGBT rights campaigns, the history of the movement and the science of being gay or trans.

April 15, 2013

The Harley Medical Group are offering you the chance to win the best cosmetics to keep you beautiful.

We all want to look our best every day of the year, and are always on the lookout for great deals on keeping ourselves beautiful.

GSN want you to look and feel fabulous as much as anyone, and because of this we have teamed up with the UK’s Harley Medical Group to offer you the chance to win a free goody bag of the top cosmetics available.

Lasting a fortnight, we have a female and male goody bag up for grabs each week. Anyone can enter from the UK to the Ukraine, Canada to Cameroon.

February 22, 2013

Human rights groups urge the EU to raise the issue of Ukraine LGBT rights at summit

The European Union (EU) was urged to tell the Ukrainian government at the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit to end abuses against LGBT people in Ukraine.

In a letter signed by 22 Ukrainian non governmental organizations (NGOs), and Equal Rights Trust as well as Human Rights Watch, called on the EU to speak out against homophobic bills pending in Ukraine’s parliament and to condemn attacks against LGBT activists.

The summit meeting will be held in Brussels this coming Monday (25 February).

February 8, 2013

Ukraine’s foreign minister believes that a law prohibiting discrimination against gays will be adopted soon

Ukraine’s foreign minister Leonid Kozhara stated that a law prohibiting discrimination against gays will be adopted soon, in order to speed up visa entry harmonization with the European Union.

During an interview with the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Kozhara stated yesterday (7 February): ‘The issue of homosexuals is now generating strong controversy in Ukraine, but our government has already prepared a draft law and will soon submit it to the parliament...

December 13, 2012

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to drop gay gag laws and said LGBT issues must be a foreign policy priority for the EU

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to ditch plans to fine and jail people who talk positively about gay issues.

The LGBT ‘gay laws’ already exist in nine regions of Russia but now the Duma parliament is planning countrywide legislation. Similar proposals are also being debated in Ukraine.

The laws are used to ban gay prides, silence gay organizations stop young people being given positive messages about being LGBT, and to crack down on dissidents.