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Russian airstrike kills “courageous” LGBTQ+ activist Elvira Schemur in Ukraine

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Elvira Schemur, a prominent LGBTQ+ activist in Ukraine, was killed by a Russian airstrike in Kharkiv earlier this month. The 21-year-old was a law student and activist who volunteered with both Kharkiv Pride and Kyiv Pride.

Maksym Eristavi, a board member at the latter organisation, confirmed news of her death on 17 March. “This is Elvira Schemur,” the activist wrote on Twitter alongside images of her. “A 21-yo law student, civil society activist, a kickass volunteer at our @KharkivPride and @KyivPride fams.

the pride of young Ukraine.” He explained that she was “killed by a Russian bombing of Kharkiv” and told the Washington Blade that she was “volunteering inside” a building in the city when it was hit by a Russian missile. “Elvira inspired folks to follow her, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in defense of freedom and equality,” Eristavi wrote in a follow up tweet. “She was one of the first pride volunteers to join the Kharkiv regional defense.

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