Saturday, January 23, 2010

Homophobia and the Ukraine...

Twenty years ago in the Ukraine (back when it was Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic) you could expect to be sent to a psychiatric hospital or a labour camp if you were found out to be a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered person. So, now that the Ukrainian SSR is no longer, have things changed. In some ways, yes. Same-sex sexual activity was made legal in 1991 and Ukraine is under the Gender Recognition Act 2004. In many ways however, no. There are no anti-discrimination laws in the Ukraine and homophobia (along with antisemitism) is widely accepted and even popular among stars in the country. 81.3% of people view being in a LGBT relationship as "always unacceptable". Apparently the only two things that are worse then being gay in the Ukraine are shoplifting and drunk driving. Oh, and if you think that gay marriage is anywhere close to being legalized in the Ukraine then think again, the politicians there pay no attention to LGBT people, so they are largely ignored by the government. And only 4.7% of people there think gay marriage should be legalized. The Ukraine may have made some inprovements since 1991 but the country still has a very long way to go if it wants to live up to it's motto "Ukraine's glory has not perished, nor her freedom."

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