Yulia Tsvetkova, Yelena Grigoryeva, and Yekaterina Lysikh are proud of being LGBTQ women. Recently, all three were victims of violence, and one of them did not recover from it.
It is true that Ukraine has not legalized marriage equality, nor same-sex civil unions, and that there is no recognition for LGBTQ couples. But despite the persecution of LGBTQ people in the country, Pride Marches are getting better and better every year.
Something incredible happened in Northern Ireland this summer. The British Parliament voted to allow LGBT couples to marry.
It’s horrible to know that 1,000 young people in Germany are forced to undergo “conversion therapy” every year. It’s disgusting to imagine what they have to endure. Nevertheless, things may want to improve because Health Minister Jens Spahn has introduced a bill to ban “conversion therapies” aimed at “changing” the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person.
With the upcoming elections in the United Kingdom, we are entitled to ask ourselves whether LGBTQ rights will play an important role in these elections? I’m afraid we’re a little disappointed. Brexit and climate, equally important issues for the British, should play a major role.
A study in the United Kingdom has shown that the number of same-sex couples in three years has increased by over 50 percent.