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Opinion | How Russia’s War Against Ukraine Is Advancing LGBTQ Rights

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Ukrainian soldiers Oleksandr Zhygan, 37, and Antonina Romanova, 37, who are a couple say goodbye before leaving for the front.

In the past year, queer people have achieved unprecedented visibility in the military as Ukraine fights to preserve its sovereignty. | Edgar Su/Reuters Opinion by J.

Lester Feder 03/07/2023 03:53 PM EST Link CopiedJ. Lester Feder is a journalist and senior fellow with the global LGBTIQ organization Outright International, which is supporting 27 queer organizations in Ukraine through the war.KYIV — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has galvanized Ukrainian society in many unexpected ways, but perhaps one of the most remarkable is how it has advanced the rights of LGBTQ people.

On Tuesday, in a move that would have been nearly unthinkable a year ago, a Ukrainian lawmaker introduced legislation in the country’s parliament that would give partnership rights to same-sex couples.

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