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Ukraine Passes LGBTQ+ Nondiscrimination

Ukraine Passes LGBTQ+ Nondiscrimination

A drag queen and two gay men at a Ukraine Pride
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy previously voiced support for more LGBTQ+ rights.

According to the Washington Blade, on Thursday, lawmakers in Ukraine unanimously approved a bill that will ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“It’s a big step for Ukraine, to start adoption of our legislation to European values,” Olena Shevchenko, chair of Insight, a Ukrainian LGBTQ and intersex rights group, told the Washington Blade. “We hope our government will recognize LGBTQI people as equal as soon as possible.”

Earlier this year, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy indicated he supported civil partnerships, after calls for marriage equality (he pointed out that the current constitution, which cannot be amended during war time, limited marriage to heterosexual couples. In 2021, after meeting with President Joe Biden, Zelenskyy pledged his country would continue to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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