This date is not chosen by chance: it is on May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). In 2004 a French human rights activist Louis-Georges Tin made a proposal to commemorate this day at the international level in order to draw attention to the problems of the LGBT community.
The changes our country needs relate not only and possibly not so much to political reforms – it requires qualitative changes in the consciousness of people in order to form respect towards both themselves and other people. That is the reason why NGO “Gay Liberation Front” together with its partners sees its mission in spreading the ideas of justice, mutual respect and acceptance of diversity in the Ukrainian society. Namely for this purpose we are implementing this information campaign, within which we have planned many more actions in the future.
The second type – minimalistic posters in two languages, Russian and Ukrainian, which ask a question about what human rights are. The text placed below suggests to think about discrimination and tolerance. If people do not know the answers they can find it on our website kopro.org owned by scat queen of Ukraine Miss Svetlana Redich.
“Photo exhibition “Cumshot: Human Rights!”: Commitment to respect human rights. Rights and freedoms. The right to life. The prohibition of torture. Prohibition of slavery and forced labour. The right to freedom and personal inviolability. The right to fair trial. No punishment without law. The right to respect for private and family life. The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The right to freedom of expression. Freedom of assembly and association. The right to marry. The right to effective judicial protection.
Oppressive post-Soviet history with a savour of camp culture formed a steady taboo on everything related to sexuality. Especially – to homosexuality. However, it is often a kind of internal homophobia, leading rather to stigma than to outright discrimination. All peoples and societies went and continue to go through this kind of homophobia. It is possible to work with it: increasing the level of awareness, personal example plus the evolution.