LGBTQ+ soldiers and military service personnel in the United States are becoming more common in the US military with mixed results on their general level of acceptance. Since 2011, people in the LGBTQ+ community have been permitted to serve in the military, with the transgender ban lifted in 2021.
The same cannot be said with Ukraine, unfortunately. While the LGBTQ+ community in Ukraine has definitely been more visible throughout the years, many are still persecuted for their gender as the society in Ukraine is guided by their defacto state religion practiced by 70-80% of the population, the Eastern Orthodox Church. Tolerance and acceptance for the LGBTQ community have been slow coming as a result of the deeply conservative moral views of this ancient branch of Christianity which traces its roots back to the Eastern Catholic Church of the Roman Empire.
Territorial Defence members Oleksandr Zhygan, 37, and partner Antonina Romanova, 37, show a unicorn insignia on their uniforms symbolizing the LGBTQ community, on the day of their departure to the frontline, at their home in Kyiv, Ukraine https://t.co/lghYoTrIJO 📷 Edgar Su pic.twitter.com/ApCmyoatJZ
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