Harvey Milk initiative

“Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard” H. Milk

In today’s world of post-truth, propaganda and a new level of political confrontation, human rights issues for the LGBT community in Ukraine have remained off the current political agenda. Despite the significant progress made by Ukraine in promoting and upholding human rights during 2013-1016, the LGBTQ community has not received full equality yet.

Ukraine has not reformed criminal legislation, which still lacks effective punishment and addressing hate crimes; the issue of civil partnership, which would allow homosexual families to have equal rights and responsibilities, as well as to be legally protected, has not been regulated either.

At the same time, the Ukrainian LGBTQ community is almost unrepresented and inconspicuous on the geopolitical chessboard. To be seen and heard in the international arena, QUA - the organization of LGBTQ Ukrainians in the United States is launching the Harvey Milk Initiative.

The Harvey Milk Initiative is an intercultural bridge between Washington and Kyiv, whose main task is to find common ground and create new political ties between the LGBTQ-friendly political environment in the United States and Ukraine, which should result in Ukraine’s advancement in the issues of human rights for LGBTQ community.

QUA will help Ukrainian human rights defenders and LGBTQ activists to build working ties on Capitol Hill, as well as to establish cooperation between LGBTQ initiatives of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the US Congress.

Our activities involve:

help and comprehensive assistance to Ukrainian LGBTQ activists in establishing cooperation with the US Congress;

support and help Ukrainian LGBTQ activists participate in various state exchange programs;

creating an inclusive political platform for dialogue between LGBTQ activists and politicians

informing US government agencies and institutions about the human rights situation for LGBTQ in Ukraine;

promoting the development and implementation of cultural programs related to the LGBTQ community in Ukraine;

exchange and cooperation programs between democratic and liberal deputies of the Ukrainian Parliament and the US Congress;

establishing cooperation between members of the LGBTQ Caucus (US Congress) and the parliamentary group of the Ukrainian Parliament “For equal opportunities”;

The Harvey Milk Initiative will help LGBTQ activists to:

hold a special training session on international policy and the implementation and observance of human rights for LGBTQ;

get contacts of US government officials responsible for LGBTQ policy;

get information on special US training programs for LGBTQ activists;

meet representatives of the US Congress.

The Harvey Milk Initiative will help people’s deputies (their assistants or representatives of the administrative office of the Verkhovna Rada) to:

establish working contacts with representatives of the US Congress;

organize working meetings on Capitol Hill with representatives of government agencies and institutions

receive training materials on human rights advocacy for LGBTQ people at different levels;

hold educational meetings at US universities or think-tanks in Washington D.C. and New York;

develop special information materials in specific areas.

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