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Ukrainian Homosexuals Say They Still Face Harassment from Government

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By Associated Press

KYIV—A gay and lesbian group in Ukraine said Thursday that it faced harassment from the government — though it said society’s 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 Ukraine’s attitude toward homosexuals has improved significantly since the Soviet era, when homosexuality was treated as a crime.

But he acknowledged that many homosexuals in the country don’t reveal their sexual orientation because they fear what their families will think.

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