01 June 2009, 13:52
Gays and lesbians hold congress near Kiev
Kiev, June 1, Interfax - A three-day congress of Ukrainian gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders is over at a hotel in the Kiev vicinity.
Sixty-six gays and lesbians represented 18 Ukrainian regions, 25 cities, 27 organizations and ten groups, a source at the Ukrainian Gay Forum press office said on Monday. Seventeen delegates represented partner organizations from Russia and Belarus.
The forum was held under the Partnership and Development motto. The media and officials were not invited to attend.
"We did not aim to make any political or public decisions. Our congress had a different goal, i.e. to upgrade professional training of our activists, to integrate the national gay and lesbian movement and to encourage further work," Gay Forum leader Svyatoslav Sheremet said.
Reports were made, and seminars, role games and discussions were held. The agenda included sexual health, discrimination of rights, laws, activity of Ukraine's five gay and lesbian public centers, education, planning, fundamental documents of the gay and lesbian movement and the interaction with opponents.
The budget of social services offered to gays and lesbians is rather substantial in Ukraine, Sheremet said. In his words, such services are given to thousands of gays and lesbians.
The Ukrainian gay and lesbian movement is drafting its strategy for the period at least until 2020, he said.