Musical performance in support of the visibility of LGBT people. On October 11th. On 18.30. Kharkov, Universitetska str., 5 near Historical museum.
Coming out is a free and voluntary self-disclosure of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. And it’s directly connected to a person’s feeling of dignity and self-respect.
People whose self-identification is in harmony with their biological sex and people who are heterosexual don’t need to come out, because other people just assume their gender and their default relationship model.
But a lot of homosexual, bisexual and transgender people experience discrimination and suffer from others’ hatred.
You can chat about your personal life with a wrong colleague and be fired,or make friends with somebody on the Internet and be abandoned by your family, or go home from a nightclub and find yourself in a hospital badly injured.
And if you’re Mary, but the name on your ID is John (it’s very hard to change sex legally in Ukraine) you don’t have to do anything at all, and become a murder victim.
Just imagine that it’s you who’s living in permanent anxiety, waiting for some danger all the time, though you never have done anything wrong.
That’s why some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) are tired of hiding. We want a society with more freedom, more safety and more support. We want to stop being invisible.
We want to live in an open, free and safe society, where different people support each other. We know that sexual orientation is an inherent part of everyone’s life. And it’s not just about sex – it’s about relationships, family, music, subculture and even sense of humour.
Today, on October 11th we have gathered to say:
We are here, we are different, and we live in this city too!
How are human rights curtailed in Ukraine based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity?
- Hate crimes
In Ukraine, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attacks, harassing, bashing, tortures, humiliation, and blackmail are qualified as hooliganism, not hate crimes. Even when murders are committed because of anti-LGBT prejudice, the courts don’t take it into account.
- Registration of marriage
Legal marriage means that marriage partners are able to visit each other in intensive care, make important and sometime lifesaving decisions about their dear one’s lives, and, finally, be buried together and leave inheritance to each other. Their union is protected by government. All these things are unavailable for same-sex partners.
- Lack of access to skilled medical care
It’s superhard to find treatment for gender dysphoria (the painful distress a person experiences as a result of the mismatch between sex they were assigned at birth and their gender identity) in Ukraine – because of both legal problems and absense of qualified specialists.
Coming-out day in da squat on October 7th
The topic of the different kind of sexual culture and practices in our society is still a taboo for discussion and education. Perhaps, that’s why we have such a huge level of crimes and offenses in sexual sphere in Ukraine – violence, homophobic attacks, hate speech and etc.
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people who were brought up on the territory of the former conservative Soviet Union, as much as heterosexuals, are uneducated in matters of sexual practices. However, when they try to find information about this sphere the first thing they can find is an Internet which is overloaded with porn where you can find out only about violence and aggression.
In the purpose to spread the information about mutually and confidence sexual practices #QueerHomeKharkiv in cooperation with Shibari “Bondage Studio” and Yuliya Vasileva decided to start educational work for LGBT-people and for all friendly people of other sexual-orientations and gender identities. So, in the beginning of September, Yuliya Vasileva performed a workshop called “Shibari – Japanese art of binding” and in the end of October Jey Robin organized informative lecture-discussion about culture of Fetish.
“Anytime soon I and “Bondage Studio” with Yuliya Vasileva are going to organize a series of lectures, discussions and workshops about BDSM. Also we are going to continue our introduction into Shibari.” said Jey Robin the coordinator of fetish line in Queer Home Kharkiv.
“The most important thing that people of different sexual-orientations and gender identities can talk and discuss private issues in trust and safety atmosphere. They can get almost exclusive knowledge about sexual practices. We hope that it will lead to the non-violence and increase level of the pleasure in relationships generally” said Anna Sharigina the coordinator of the Queer Home Kharkiv.
Queer Home Kharkiv – it’s a community center for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender people, and for all friendly people of other sexual-orientations and gender identities. Queer Home Kharkiv is one of the six in Ukraine. Queer Home project was created by “Gay Alliance Ukraine”.
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60-ые года прошлого века стали политически ответственным десятилетием революции и изменений. Аполлон 11 стал первым аппаратом, приземлившимся на Луне, Акт о Гражданских Правах 1964-го стал законом, Вьетнам взбушевался, Битломания охватила мир, противозачаточные таблетки ударили по рынку, и новый культ юности, так называемый, «Молодежетрясение» полностью захватил многие сферы жизни. Среди этих драматических политических и культурных изменений появилась одна из самых живучих и спорных икон эпохи: мини-юбка (или мини юбка).
Существуя, неожиданно, с древних времен этот маленький и сексуальный кусок ткани воплотил некоторые наиболее очаровательные парадоксы нашего времени, так как она предлагает и эмпауермент1 и ранимость, независимость и желание нравиться, попытку скрыть и показать, зрелость и игривость, освобождение и эксплуатацию. Одновременно осуждена и любима, мини-юбка разразилась среди политического пейзажа, и женщины внезапно обратили внимание на то, что было спрятано годами – женские ноги.
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