Ukrainian Homosexuals Say They Still Face Harassment from Government
October 19, 2000
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By Associated Press
KYIVA gay and lesbian group in Ukraine said Thursday that it faced harassment
from the government though it said societys attitude toward homosexuals in
Ukraine has improved.
The government has refused to officially register the Nash Mir gay and lesbian
information center and continues to tax it even though it is nonprofit, said Andriy
Kravchuk, a Nash Mir representative.
"If our country wants to be democratic, it should be democratic for
everybody," Kravchuk said.
Despite government harassment, Kravchuk said Ukraines attitude toward homosexuals
has improved significantly since the Soviet era, when homosexuality was treated as a
But he acknowledged that many homosexuals in the country dont reveal their sexual
orientation because they fear what their families will think.
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