LGBTQi Community in Ukraine

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Before the Russian invasion, the situation was improving for members of the LGBTQI community in Ukraine; now, they fear for their future. ⁠ Members of the community in Lviv share their stories with VII’s Ilvy Njiokiktjien in this piece published in NRC. ⁠⁠

Photo by Ilvy Njiokiktjien / VII. Stanislav (he/him, 20, right) and Sasha (21, she/her, transgender) met online eight months ago. Their first physical meeting was on February 25, the second day of the war. Sasha: "The first two days of the war, there were a lot of explosions in Kherson, which was scary. Stanislav decided to come my way and take me to a safer place." Stanislav: "On the first day of the war, I decided to go straight to Sasha. On the second day, I arrived in Kherson. I was stopped by the police, who asked me why I was going into town. "To pick up a girl," I said. "Sasha." I arrived at Sasha's house and we started walking. By chance I saw the same police officers again. They were very surprised to see me with Sasha and said, 'You told us you were going to pick up a girl, but this is a boy'. I explained to them what a transgender person is. They thought it was a bit crazy, but also funny."