Elton John used Ireland’s recent vote to end its abortion ban as an example for minds changing.
The singer recently visited the Ukraine to raise awareness about AIDS. He attended an event organized by the Elena Pinchuk Foundation.
‘Believe me, I love this country. We will do everything we can to continue the fight against AIDS,’ he said.
Though the Ukraine has struggled with progressive rights, John isn’t giving up. He commented that Ireland is a prime example.
‘It takes a long time for things to happen as I said.
‘Look what just happened in Ireland: the vote for abortion. Things change. People … they change their mind. And with a younger generation coming up, they are different kind of people, and they’re our future.’
He concluded: ‘We’ve made great progress but we still have a lot of work to do.’
A country taking steps forward
Over the past several years, the Ukraine has become more progressive on LGBTI rights.
In 2016, the country held its first Pride celebration outside of Kiev.
One year later, a poll revealed 56% of the population believed LGB people should receive equal rights. In 2010, only 28% of the population believed that.