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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
3.
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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