“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.