LGBT+ in Ukraine: One year later

By Jang KapgenLex Kleren

In March 2022, LGBT+ activists from Kyiv shared their testimonials of fear and resistance days after the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine. One year later, Lëtzebuerger Journal reached out to the same activists to see how the war has shaped their lives and those of the local queer community.

On February 24, 2022, the lives of Ukrainians changed. Russia attacked Ukraine and moved towards Kyiv, but Russian soldiers never got a hold of the Ukrainian capital. While the war still rages in the eastern parts of Ukraine with rising death polls, the communities in Kyiv try to support their country as much as possible. Yevhen Trachuk worked a year ago for KyivPride and as an independent artist. Two weeks ago, he started a new position at a national organisation for internally displaced people. After having been displaced themselves – first, internally and then, externally –, they now help to settle their fellow Ukrainians into a new life in Kyiv.

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