On January 26, 2018 in America House Kyiv was presented National School Climate Survey research, conducted by NGO Fulcrum UA in 2017.
According to the research, currently, there is little information on the school life of Ukrainian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenagers; there is actually no nationwide academic study dedicated to LGBT youth in Ukraine.
Thus, 48.7% of the surveyed felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, 36.5% – because of their body size, and 31.5% – because of their gender expression.
36.9% of LGBT students had missed at least one day of school during the past month due to feeling unsafe at school, 8.7% – six or more days; over a third of students avoided gendered spaces in school because of feeling unsafe or uncomfortable (toilets – 37.1%; locker rooms – 24.5%).
Please find full text of the research by the link.
On 11 and 12 December, representatives of four populations at higher risk of HIV infection—people who inject drugs, sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and former prisoners—gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine, for the legal formalization of the National Platform for Key Communities and to agree on key priorities for advocacy and on how the platform will be managed and operated.
The platform’s priorities will include influencing policies and decision-making processes, the development of a package of HIV prevention services that respond to the needs of key populations and responding to discrimination.
The participants decided on the positioning, role and contributions of the platform in the national AIDS response, the implementation of a Fast-Track strategy and the form of an HIV prevention 100 days of action campaign. They also enthusiastically welcomed continued Dutch, UNAIDS and civil society collaboration and agreed on a unified strategic vision for the participation of civil society and the platform in key events, including the International AIDS Conference, to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2018.
The three key advocacy areas for the platform will be:
The participation of communities in decision-making on health, an effective response to HIV and tuberculosis and the protection of human rights.
The provision of access to services for key groups focused on the needs of communities that are implemented by the communities and funded by national and local budgets.
The protection of rights and the prevention of discrimination.
“We will do our best to make the platform an effective advocacy instrument to help us to achieve our joint objectives and influence decision-making processes that affect our lives and health.”
Velta Parkhomenko, National Platform for Key Communities, Ukraine
“The Government of the Netherlands has been and will continue to support this community-led initiative to make the joint voice of key populations in Ukraine heard and taken into account in strategic decision-making at the national, regional and international levels.”
Monique Middelhoff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
“The National Platform for Key Communities is a strong, transparent and self-regulated forum of community leaders and individuals with a deep understanding of advocacy and formulating joint positions and statements.”
Members of the Fulcrum charity organization took part at the “10th National LGBT Conference”, which took place in the congress-hotel “Pushcha” from October 20 to 22, 2017.
Within the framework of the side meeting “Achievements of HIV service organizations by the work with MSM” during the conducting of the X National Conference of LGBT movement and MSM service (19-22.10.2017), the CEO of the Fulcrum Tymur, has made a presentation entitled “Compliance of the HIV service with the needs of the community”. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Deloitte. He also participated in a discussion "Discrimination price" with UNDP Ukraine about economic losses from LGBT discrimination in the workplace. During the discussion, he presented our project Ukrainian Corporate Equity Index.
Together with the KyivPride non-goverment organization, we have been discussing the role of the community in overcoming discrimination at the workplace.
The Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Ukraine next week and watched by as many as 180 million people, has been embraced by liberals. But nationalists are not happy.
KYIV—A giant banner unfurled over Kiev’s central Maidan Square last week: an enormous broken chain stretched from black smoke, symbolizing the revolution that took place in this very place three years ago, and stretched through broken links to the blue sky: Ukraine’s happy future with Europe.
Significantly, Russia was banned from this year’s Eurovision contest for choosing a contestant who had violated Ukrainian law by visiting Russian-occupied and annexed Crimea. But it’s probably worth noting that the government of President Vladimir Putin in Moscow has backed secessionists fighting in eastern Ukraine and is also notoriously homophobic. “Freedom” is not the Kremlin’s religion.
Yet the atmosphere in Ukraine is not as welcoming as the contest organizers or many Ukrainians want it to be. Right-wing nationalists and religious leaders have criticized Kiev’s decorations for Eurovision as too liberal.
“The broken chain symbol stands for our liberating struggle against Russia, but there is another strong metaphor, right around the corner, making nationalists mad,” one of Ukraine’s LGBT leaders, Zoryan Kis, told The Daily Beast as he waved in the direction of a huge arch over Kyiv’s central Kreschatik Avenue half-painted in the colors of the rainbow.