Panel discussion “Human Rights for LGBTQ Community in New Political Realities – New Challenges or Opportunities?” event is here 

Proud Ukraine is pleased to announce a panel discussion "Human Rights for LGBTQ Community in New Political Realities - New Challenges or Opportunities?" The event will take place on June 27 (beginning at 1 pm) in the US Congress in Washington D.C. To learn more about the event, go to this link.

The panel discussion is organized in close cooperation between the Ukrainian LGBT Association in the USA "Proud Ukraine" and the public organization "Parents Initiative TERGO" with the full support of the LGBT-Committee of the US Congress.

Within the framework of the discussion, experts will discuss how the results of the election of the new president of Ukraine and future parliamentary elections will affect the situation with the rights of the LGBTQ community. Will the new government in Ukraine adhere to the Euro-Atlantic human rights standards? What should the LGBTQ community in Ukraine expect or beware of? What will continue to be the situation with the rights of LGBTQ people in Eastern Europe?

A brief report on Russian aggression against the LGBTQ community in Eastern Europe and the use of LGBTQ to divide the society in Ukraine will also be presented.


Marc Behrendt is the Director for Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House, with over 20 years of experience working in the Eurasia region in peacebuilding, governance and human rights.

Discussion panelists:

Olena Hloba is the first head of the board and leader of the Parents initiative "Tergo" (Kyiv, Ukraine), the mother of Bogdan Hloba, the first openly gay activist who made his public cominh out of the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. In 2016, Olena Hloba was awarded by the Human Rights First and Human Rights Campaign with a prestigious human rights award for advancing human rights around the world.

Bogdan Hloba is the president of the Ukrainian LGBT Association in the United States Proud Ukraine (New York, USA). Worked as an assistant to the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights. Advocated anti-discrimination legislation and civil partnership in Ukraine. In 2016, he asked for political asylum in the United States through persecution by right-wing groups.

Svetlana Zemlyana is a public activist of "TERGO", a school principal in the Poltava region. She is engaged in the promotion and popularization of anti-bullying programs at secondary schools in Ukraine.