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Anton Dmytriiev (user currently living in UKRAINE) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 09/03/2014 tagged with at the work place, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, marriage / civil unions
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Hypocrisy of brands

Globalization now is everywhere, so you can find your native goods or services almost in every corner of the world.

We’ll talk about Ukraine. This country now is a trend in world news and politicians speeches, but it’s still a very homophobic and backward country as for human rights.

Ukraine and its citizens can’t now live in test-tube, box or fortress – future is around us.

The people should think over their stereotypes, be more patient with LGBT issues in Ukraine and stop hate gays and their community.

World now enjoys the human rights defence activitites in dozens of countires, except Russia, Ukraine and some others. The processes of support individual freedom are vast and influence all spheres of life, including business.

Many of American and well-known companies openly encourage LGBT community, welcome gay marriages and build a tolerant ommunications with everyone.

But in Ukraine the “daughters” of that businesses are not so opened and cheerful, as in US and Europe. Sometimes, the same companies here, in Kyiv, have quite contrary views and politics about LGBTI issues.

We’re not going to boycott services and goods, provided by the compaines, listed below. But it would be curious and useful to hear their positions on the rights of Ukrainian LGBT, cause now they are silent and continue the line of restraint against gay community.

It’s abnormally and doubly – support the same men and women in US and EU, but be opposite and silent in Ukraine, especially, when this country fights for the future and human dignity.

Hope, soon we’ll hear and see concrete and direct position about LGBT rights from the Ukrainian branches of companies, listed below. The thing is that big business now is probably the one and unique engine of progress and reforms in medieval and tired from Soviet heritage Ukraine.

1. Ernst&Young;
2. Microsoft
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4. IBM
5. PwC
6. Adobe Systems
7. Facebook
8. Ford
9. Gap Inc.
10. Oreo
11. Apple Inc.
12. Google
13. PepsiCo
14. Procter&Gamble;
15. Groupon
16. Hewlett-Packard
17. Budweiser
18. Kraft Foods
19. The Walt Disney Company
20. McDonald's
21. Xerox
22. eBay
23. Nike and many others, which are not so familiar to Ukrainian consumers.

So, be opened and honest with your clients – say loudly about your vision, mission and values.
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(user currently living in SWEDEN) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers in response to this story on 14/11/2011
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Hi Semyon, I've read your post on this site and I'm sorry to hear about your situation in Ukraine.

We are a group of students from Stockholm, Sweden that just got back from a 2 week long study trip in Ukraine where we visited Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa. The purpose of the trip was to study the situation of the ukrainian population and social issues. We are now working on a project studying LGBTI groups in Ukraine and we would appreiciate any information or thoughts you have concearning the subject. We are very thankful if anyone else on this site has any useful information about the situation for LGBTI people in Ukraine. Don't hesitate to contact us, you will be completely anonymous in our project if you so wish.

/Simona, Stockholm LGBTI
Email address: sthlmlgbti@hotmail.se

Our school: http://www.globalagymnasiet.se/
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Nick (user currently living in UKRAINE) posted for gay readers on 01/11/2011
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The best web-site of russian gay community:

http://www.chuvaki.com
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Semyon (user currently living in UKRAINE) posted for gay readers on 15/09/2011 tagged with illegality of male to male relationships
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Hello ,i`m 18 student of 2d course living in Kharkiv,Ukraine. Well, till now nobody knows about my gay orientantion . This time of my live is very hard . Not because nobody knows the truth . It`s even normal for me I dont care about it - because post-soviet contries have bad stereotipes . I dont now where i can find "my gender" people,because 90% of us is hidden in the shadow . So it`s very lonely. And the most desperate thing for me ... I being in love with heterosexual 3d time. It`s so painful .. But how can i love some1 for me if i didnt meet him yet??????
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Deemon Amorales (user currently living in SPAIN) posted for gay readers in response to this story on 27/09/2010 +5
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Ukrainian LGBT organization absolutely has not responded to the precedent with Igor ...
Ukrainian LGBT organizations engaged in issues of religious affirmation and make overtures toward the Russian Orthodox Church ...
Igor is ready to commit suicide - he feels useless ...

In addition, there were about ten similar cases! In the city of Donetsk militia fun, chasing guys gay.

http://deemon-amorales.livejournal.com/179569.html
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(user currently living in AUSTRALIA) posted for gay readers on 24/09/2010 +5
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Hi,

I am writing you about the recent events in Ukraine. The Ukraine police is running a covert antigay operation.

Recently, a talented young Russian-Ukrainian poet Igor Bobyrev living in Donetsk became their victim.

On a social web-network Contact he was approached by someone who insisted on seeing a nude picture of him, which he eventually sent. The person proposed to meet, but when arrived, Igor was arrested by the police. In the police station, he was detained for a day, badly beaten, and verbally abused for being gay.

Eventually they let him go. He went to the doctor to assess the injuries, but later the police contacted him and forced him to sign the paper that he has no objections, promising that all will be "forgotten".

Several days ago, three plain-clothes police officers arrived to his apartment, accused him in spreading pornography, abused him verbally, confiscated his computer, and wrote down all his contacts from the social network. He was banned from using Internet for a month and required to quit all "all the communities of homosexual type"

Ultra-conservatism, homophobia, hypocrisy, and corruption are hallmarks of the authorities in the post-Soviet space. Now, in Ukraine, the police uses their power and impunity to quietly criminalize being gay and destroy gay people's lives once again.

It would be great to give this story more publicity to show support to the Ukrainian gay from the international gay community and put pressure on the Ukrainian authorities to stop the persecution.

Thanks and regards,

V. V.

P. S. Here are some links to blogs about what happened, all in Russian, of course - I can translate, if you need:

http://alex-motsar.livejournal.com/277831.html
http://cherubinadg.livejournal.com/218710.html
http://igor-bobirev.livejournal.com/1775603.html
http://igor-bobirev.livejournal.com/1776729.html
http://igor-bobirev.livejournal.com/1777227.html
http://igor-bobirev.livejournal.com/1786109.html
http://melancholy-gay.livejournal.com/63143.html
http://deemon-amorales.livejournal.com/93056.html
http://deemon-amorales.livejournal.com/93412.html
http://www.kvir.ru/68_29.html
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