How Russia's war against Ukraine is advancing LGBTQ rights

Duane Filan

"In the past year queer people have achieved unprecedented visibility in the military as Ukraine fights to preserve it's sovereignty" 07/03/23

"Russia's invasion of Ukraine has galvanized Ukrainian society on many unexpected ways, but perhaps one of the most remarkable is how it has advanced the rights of LGBTQ people.

On Tuesday, in a move that would have been unthinkable a year ago, a Ukrainian lawmaker introduced legislation in the country's parliament that would give partnership rights to same-sex couples. This legislation, along with a prohibition against anti-LGBTQ hate speech abruptly adopted in December, represents a sharp rejection of Russia's attempt to weaponize homophobia in support of it's invasion."