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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…
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Health Ministry Form Acknowledges Transgender People

Ukraine has taken another significant step toward the protection and inclusion of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In early February, the Ministry of Health released for public discussion a draft medical form for…
Ukraine’s Ministry of Health draft declaration open for public discussion. Section 4 asks people for gender and offers three options – male, female or N (Н), which means they can choose not to indicate their gender.
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Ordeal Highlights Lawlessness of Security Forces

Last week, I heard news I feared might never come: two Russian activists detained in eastern Ukraine had been freed, unharmed.
 Seroe Fioletovoe (Grey Violet), a Russian transgender person, and Victoria Miroshnichenko arrived in the self-proclaimed…
Grey Violet, LGBT activist feared disappeared in eastern Ukraine. Facebook.
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Acknowledge Detention, Ensure Due Process

UPDATE: On February 14, 2017, de facto authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine released the activists, Grey-Violet and Victoria Miroshnichenko, after two weeks of enforced disappearance by local security services.
 
 (Kyiv…
Grey Violet, LGBT activist feared disappeared in eastern Ukraine. Facebook.
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Revised Legal Gender Recognition Procedure Shows Progress but Still Flawed

In the past, transgender people in Ukraine who wanted to have their gender legally recognized faced a degrading, years-long obstacle course of psychiatric observation, sterilization, and other horrors. But change is on the way, as the government…
Gay rights activists attend a rally outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, November 10, 2015.
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Protect Civilians from Abuses

(Kiev) – Detentions and abuses of civilians in the context of the conflict in eastern Ukraine went largely unaddressed during 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.
 Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists in eastern…
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Hostilities Down, but Civilians Remain at Risk

(Berlin) – The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine is taking a terrible toll on civilians, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.
 The September 2015 ceasefire has significantly reduced hostilities, during which violations of…
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Last week, Ukraine’s parliament made it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in employment – a welcome move in a country where LGBT activists have been attacked and homophobic legislation proposed in recent…
Gay rights activists attend a rally outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, November 10, 2015.
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Late last week a Kiev court overturned the government’s rejection of a transgender man’s application to have his gender legally recognized. In ruling that the applicant did not have to prove he had been sterilized to receive documents in his preferred…
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