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‘We’re also taking part in this war,’ says Ukraine's LGBTQ+ community

LGBTQ+ soldiers are gaining acceptance in the Ukrainian military.

Written by Geneva Solutions

LGBTQ+ representatives within the Ukrainian army are rarely portrayed. In 2018, Viktor Pylypenko, an openly gay veteran of the Donbas Volunteer Battalion, decided to change that by forming LGBT Military, a union of military, veterans, and volunteers fighting for equal rights. This piece explores how his idea came about, alongside the stories of two other soldiers from the LGBTQ+ community that the union has helped to support.

This article by journalist Maryna Bakyevawas first published in Geneva Solutions. An edited version is republished here as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices.

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