Ukraine has passed significant legislation to further LGBT right. The law, passed on Thursday, protects LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace.
“This is an important step forward for LGBT Ukrainians, and the nation’s leaders have affirmed that its LGBT citizens deserve the right to work without discrimination, harassment, or abuse,” said Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global. “We congratulate the LGBT activists, advocates, and their allies for this historic victory.”
The law protects against discrimination based on “race, colour, political, religious and other beliefs, sex gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic, social and foreign origin, age, health, disability or suspected presence of HIV/AIDS, family and property status, family responsibilities, place of residence, or participation in a strike.”
Sir Elton John posted a message of support on his Instagram page, writing, “AMAZING NEWS!!! Back in September, I flew to the Ukraine to speak to business leaders and President Poroshenko about improving rights for LGBT people. One of the things I asked was to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. Yesterday the Ukrainian Parliament passed a law supporting this!!”