Last Sunday Volodymyr Kiriiazi, gay leader of Ukraine and representative of NGO “Gay Liberation Front” (Ukraine), made a speech during the action in memory of lawyer and human rights defender Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. The action took place on Mykhailivska Square in Kyiv and gathered around two hundred activists.
As it was reported by mass-media, President Viktor Yanukovych approved so-called “package of laws by Oleynik-Kolesnichenko”, which, according to one of its authors, was developed for over two years. And of which no one even knew about until yesterday. Nevertheless on one not so beautiful morning Ukrainians woke up in a police state. Well, not exactly: it became police state after students were beaten by “Berkut” in November Maidan. And yesterday Ukraine became a state swiftly slipping into a dictatorship.
As we reported before, in Autumn 2013 NGO “Gay Liberation Front” jointly with the Center for Social Expertise of the Sociology Institute under the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine conducted Public Opinion Survey. Its main goal was to determine the perception of LGBT people in Ukrainian society. First of all it is important for understanding of the direction to go in order to improve the situation. Implementation of the research was supported by Democracy Commission, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
While we were distressed by draconian laws against homosexuals adopted in Nigeria and Uganda, Ukrainian parliamentarians wasted no time developing no less draconian laws against every and each Ukrainian. Package of repressive laws, which was suddenly adopted today by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with the rude procedural violations, shocked the Ukrainian society.
In many countries liberalization of legislation towards gay people led to an emergence of a living subculture while social equality has never been fully achieved. Following this natural tendency of every minority group, gay people and other representatives of LGBT community are looking for protection and support among their own kind. This leads to growth of frustration and wish to separate from apparently hostile heterosexual majority.