The 20-year-old Ukrainian kissed a friend in front of the graffiti painting in September and posted the photo on Instagram. The country scored 19 out of 100 points in a 2016 survey by EU-funded Rainbow Europe ranking LGBT people’s rights in Europe. SAFE HOUSEToo afraid to go home to Nikopol, Kalashnyk headed to Kiev when he returned to Ukraine about a month later where he found accommodation with Insight, a local gay rights group. The organization runs Ukraine’s first and only LGBT shelter — a four-room flat, with bunk beds, a kitchen and communal area, in an old apartment block outside Kiev’s city center. “No one wants to leave their home, but (for many) coming to Kiev was the only hope,” said Olshanskaya in a room adorned by rainbow flags at Insight’s headquarters in central Kiev.
Source: Taipei Times January 02, 2018 15:56 UTC