About

QUA - LGBTQ Ukrainians in America is the first association of LGBTQ Ukrainians and their allies in the United States. As the American LGBTQ civil rights organization, we are focusing on supporting the Ukrainian LGBTQ community in the USA, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between Ukraine and American society, promoting human rights for immigrants and making a smooth integration process for new Ukranian LGBTQ arrivals.

Our history

QUA - LGBTQ Ukrainians in America was founded in 2019 as one of the first Ukranian gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer associations in America by Bogdan Globa, a Ukrainian LGBTQ rights activist currently living in the United States, together with other activists, including Dmytro Berezniak, Alex Burlakov, Sergiy Sibel, and Dmytro Orlovsky and Yana Slesarchuk.

Soon QUA launched several programs like Virtual pride 2020 (personal stories of Ukranians in the USA), the Harvey Milk Program (a program that helps to build working connections between Ukraine's parliament and Congress), Inclusion.team (a program which brings experience implementing inclusion policies in the workplace from American companies to Ukrainian businesses).

In 2020 QUA started working on a special report about Russian anti-LGBTQ propaganda in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

What we do

As a civil rights organization we are making our contribution to better American society with high human rights standards where every LGBTQ person can find dignity, respect, and a safe place for living and building a family.

At a pro-Ukrainian LGBTQ organization we remember our roots. With more than one million Ukrainians in the USA we are an important part of a big family. We are working hard on cultural experiences between Ukraine and the USA, and provide a friendly bridge for human rights activists between countries, helping to learn and get valuable experience from each other.

The organization is dedicated to helping LGBTQ Ukrainians address a wide range of issues, including political asylum, LGBTQ rights advocacy and promotion, community-building, and cross-cultural cooperation between American and Ukrainian LGBTQ communities. By creating a platform to share experiences, QUA hopes to foster connections between members of the community and to serve as a valuable resource.

Networking

The network effect is real. We provide a way for members to connect, identify common issues, and work together to find solutions. We also serve as a visible force for the Ukrainian LGBTQ community.

Legal Support

At some point you are going to need legal advice. We connect you with lawyers and organizations experienced in the particular challenges facing LGBTQ immigrants. In some cases, services are provided on a pro bono basis.

Events

One of our main goals is to share information. We organize events including online sessions and in person meetings. We also inform members of other relevant events.

Learning and Sharing

You're not the first to go through this. We offer a platform to share experiences and advice, notify others of important changes, and provide valuable tips.

Integration Assistance

Integrating into a new culture isn't easy, especially as an LGBTQ individual. We provide a range of resources to help members find what they need, from healthcare to housing and more.

Watchdog report

Independent and professional reporting is important. We provide special reports about the situation with human rights for LGBTQ people in Ukraine.
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