“Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard” H. Milk
In today’s world of post-truth, propaganda, and hgeightened political confrontation, human rights issues for the LGBTQ community in Ukraine have stalled. Despite some progress in promoting and upholding human rights from 2013-2016, the LGBTQ community has not received full equality yet.
Ukraine has not reformed criminal legislation, which still lacks effective punishment and does not address hate crimes against LGBTQ persons. Ukraine has no form of civil partnership for same-sex couples, denying them equal rights and protections under law. At the same time, the Ukrainian LGBTQ community is underserved by the international community. QUA 's Harvey Milk Initiative works to heighten the profile of LGBTQ Ukrainian issues globally by linking Ukrainian and American lawmakers.
The Harvey Milk Initiative is an intercultural bridge between Washington and Kyiv, helping lawmakers find common ground and create new political ties between the LGBTQ political spheres in the United States and Ukraine. These connections provide both sides with tools and information to support Ukraine’s advancement 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.