We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund

Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces on February 24, LGBTQ+ people in Ukraine have been among the country’s fiercest defenders and organizers, while also being among its most marginalized citizens. The We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund is raising monies for six non-governmental organizations in Ukraine that are serving the immediate needs of queer people – particularly those who have remained in the country.
$102,793.62 donated
264 Donors

The We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund is currently focused on Ukrainian NGOs on the ground. By virtue of being in direct contact with their community members, these organizations are particularly capable of agile and timely responses to individual crises.

These NGOs and their activists are:

  • Establishing and sustaining LGBTQ+ safe shelters in numerous Ukrainian cities;
  •  Assisting with the essential needs of LGBTQ+ people including food, hygienic products and medications such as anti-retroviral therapies for those living with HIV and hormone replacement therapies for trans individuals;
  • Coordinating the safe relocation and rehousing of internally displaced LGBTQ+ Ukrainians;
  • Providing assistance to/advocating for trans and non-binary individuals navigating Ukraine’s martial law;
  • Providing legal support, psychological support and counselling.

The six NGOs that are currently beneficiaries of the fund are:

1.  Gender Zed: based in the southeastern city of Zaporizhia, this NGO is currently focused on meeting the essential needs of its community members and coordinating relocation for LGBTQ+ folks who are internally displaced. genderz.org.ua

2.  Kyiv Pride: has been a leading voice in the information war, has been meeting essential needs of community members, and has recently opened a shelter for LGBTQ+ folks in Kyiv. kyivpride.org

3.  NGO WA Sphere: based in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, this organization’s focus during wartime is meeting essential needs of community members, providing psychological support to LGBTQ+ folks and women, and facilitating relocation and shelter of those in unsafe areas. sphere.org.ua

4.  Cohort NGO: has been specifically addressing the needs of trans individuals in Ukraine
including securing hormone replacement therapies for community members, partnering with trans-friendly shelters in western Ukraine, and coordinating safe passage for trans and non-binary Ukrainians. cohort.com.ua

5.  Fulcrum NGO: has been running several safe shelters for LGBTQ+ folks, has been coordinating income, legal and psychological support for queer Ukrainians. www.t-o.org.ua

6.  Insight NGO: has been running 3 shelters for the internally displaced LGBTQ folks along with providing critical medications, psychological and legal support. insight-ukraine.org

An avid proponent of social justice and education, entrepreneur James Burn matched the first $10,000 CAD raised by this fund, dollar-for-dollar.* Within 5 days of the fund’s inception this goal was reached. Community leaders Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex then matched the next $10,000 CAD in donations. Now, the generous Linton Family is doubling the next $10,000 CAD raised. The fund plans to have a rolling group of matching donors so as to double the impact of all gifts. 

For more information about the fund, please contact its administrator Andrew Kushnir at lgbtqukrainefund@gmail.com

 

We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund

61 thoughts on “We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund

  • 14 April 2022 at 9:49 am
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    Profound thanks to everyone contributing to this fund. You are making a difference.

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  • 14 April 2022 at 12:50 pm
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    Hoping our collective efforts on behalf of LGBT+ Ukranians can offer some hope despite such desperate circumstances.

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  • 14 April 2022 at 5:30 pm
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    Slava Ukraini!

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  • 15 April 2022 at 11:04 am
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    Support needed for LGBTQ community everywhere.

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  • 16 April 2022 at 5:26 pm
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    This is crucial, necessary upport

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  • 21 April 2022 at 5:33 pm
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    Thank you so much for fighting the good fight! Bless xx jane

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  • 22 April 2022 at 7:34 am
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    As horrible as it is for the people of the Ukraine, it must be so much worse for those individuals who, for whatever the reason, are marginalized.

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  • 22 April 2022 at 8:10 am
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    Please be safe. May love and light follow you.

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  • 25 April 2022 at 8:39 am
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    Thanks to The PepTides for sharing this fund. Happy to support.

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  • 25 April 2022 at 12:52 pm
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    I am making this donation on behalf of the Ottawa band The PepTides and their generous fans who came together to show love and support and raise this money at a concert on April 23rd.
    Slava Ukraini!

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    • 26 April 2022 at 9:25 am
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      Thank you, The PepTides! This means so much to the fund, and to those doing heroic work on the ground in Ukraine.

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  • 26 April 2022 at 11:19 am
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    Please be safe.

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  • 26 April 2022 at 12:21 pm
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    Stay strong, our hearts are with you.

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  • 26 April 2022 at 12:27 pm
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    I’m donating to this fund because I believe that these folks are trying so hard to help all Ukrainians and they aren’t getting the donors that other organizations get. I pray you all will soon be free and be able to have the Ukraine you love once again.

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  • 26 April 2022 at 12:35 pm
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    i just wanted to help with what I can for all people, this war is no fault of all Ukrainian. I had been sadden since the war broke out there, I hope soon the war will end for them.

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  • 28 April 2022 at 9:13 pm
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    In complete support of you and your leadership, Andrew,

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  • 29 April 2022 at 10:37 am
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    Thank you so much for coordinating this! x

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  • 5 May 2022 at 3:59 pm
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    prayers up, tobacco down. much love.

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  • 6 May 2022 at 11:57 pm
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    Thanks to the organizers and donation-matchers!

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  • 8 May 2022 at 9:17 am
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    This Mother’s Day, adhering to the day’s origins as a day to seek peace and justice, our family makes this contribution in honour of our mother and grandmother, Phyllis.

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  • 19 May 2022 at 10:37 pm
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    Enormous respect and awe for your strength and resilience.

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  • 19 May 2022 at 10:48 pm
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    Thank you for organizing.

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  • 24 May 2022 at 10:55 am
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    In solidarity with LGBTQ+ folks in Ukraine.

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  • 26 May 2022 at 2:15 pm
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    This donation is on behalf of the creative and technical team of the theatre production “Alina” happening in Edmonton, Canada.

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  • 26 May 2022 at 3:35 pm
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    💛💜💙❤️

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  • 1 June 2022 at 3:39 pm
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    Giving today in honour of the start of Pride Month.

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  • 2 June 2022 at 10:24 am
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    In honour of Pride Month and ongoing care for the global human family, we make this donation on behalf of the cast and crew of the Stratford Festival’s production of Hamlet which opens tonight, holding hope of peace, art, safety, free expression and love in our hearts.

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  • 5 June 2022 at 12:01 pm
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    An honour to support this initiative.

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  • 8 June 2022 at 1:27 pm
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    This donation is in honour of DAVID LATHAM.

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  • 11 June 2022 at 10:55 am
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    Much love from queer ukrainian in nyc, slava ukraina!

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  • 12 June 2022 at 8:17 pm
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    I hope all Ukrainian youth have a safe place to grow.

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  • 12 June 2022 at 8:25 pm
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    Everyone deserves a safe haven within reach. Please put this towards one.

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  • 22 June 2022 at 10:38 pm
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    We all go back in time if we let russia win

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  • 22 June 2022 at 11:57 pm
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    With Love from San Francisco.

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  • 23 June 2022 at 7:53 pm
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    Wishing peace and safety to our Ukrainian friends in these difficult times.

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  • 25 June 2022 at 12:41 pm
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    Thanks to Andrew Kushnir for participating in and promoting all these fundraising projects.

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  • 25 June 2022 at 4:21 pm
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    We stand with you Ukraine 🇺🇦♥️🧡💛💚💙💜🇺🇦

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  • 25 June 2022 at 7:52 pm
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    Thank you for this exceptional program. I’ve donated via other routes and hoped to find one for LG++ citizens. and here you are. much thanks

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  • 26 June 2022 at 11:49 pm
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    Hope all the hard work of LGBTQ organizations in Ukraine helps queer people to feel more safe and accepted. With love to Ukraine 🇺🇦

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  • 27 June 2022 at 8:27 am
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    Together we will all win.

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  • 8 July 2022 at 9:14 am
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    In honor of my gay friend who writes Ukrainian pysanky and in support of the LGBTQ+ folks in Ukraine

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  • 12 July 2022 at 11:14 pm
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    Hi , I am a refugee to Canada and a long term support er of the Rainbow Railroad, and the HIV Legal Network both of which work in and around Ukraine. I also host short term refugees arriving in Canada fro a variety of dangerous places around the world. Locally i support annual Match Challenges to the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Society and the Intercultural Association.
    The HIV Legal Network for a number of years helped produce Pride Montego Bay. Kimahli Powell who was then at the HIV Legal Network and I were down there in +/- 2017. It is an ugly country with some nice people

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  • 13 July 2022 at 1:23 pm
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    Don’t let anyone or anything dim your shine. Stay strong!

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  • 13 July 2022 at 2:53 pm
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    Слава Україні! Героям Слава!

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  • 14 July 2022 at 10:29 am
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    On behalf of my grandsons birthday, Connor Moen

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  • 5 October 2022 at 6:00 pm
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    Donations from the Seattle LGBTQIA community.

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  • 7 October 2022 at 9:49 am
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    Supporting your amazing resiliency in the face of devastating obstacles.

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  • 25 October 2022 at 4:14 pm
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    I heard about your fund during pride while I was in Toronto. We had a patio pride party in Vancouver in August to raise funds for your charity and Rainbow Railroad. We got our friends drunk and they donated $2400 to split between rainbow railroad and you guys. They were very excited to be supporting this cause. Thanks for all you do!

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  • 26 October 2022 at 11:03 am
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    Thank you for doing this important work.

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  • 30 October 2022 at 6:53 am
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    Donating because Russia should never have invaded Ukraine and they must leave. Also, LGBTQ+ Peoples globally need support but especially in times of war and displacement. Thank you for the work you do to support LGBTQ+ folx.

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  • 31 October 2022 at 9:26 pm
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    This donation is in honour and in the name of Adrian and Adria Pruchnicky.

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  • 31 October 2022 at 9:31 pm
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    This donation is done in the name of Stepan Pruchnicky and Andrea Massarella

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  • 31 October 2022 at 9:34 pm
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    This donation is done in the name of Ostap and Linda Pruchnicky

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  • 31 October 2022 at 9:37 pm
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    This donation is done with love from Olexandra Pruchnicky and Jasper Gahunia

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  • 6 November 2022 at 12:12 am
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    As parents of a gay daughter, we want to support all Ukrainians during this crisis but especially marginalized citizens.

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  • 21 November 2022 at 5:05 pm
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    From the audience of Chekhov’s Shorts.

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  • 26 November 2022 at 6:35 pm
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    We are all one big family – human!
    We need to support each other, when needed, regardless of any perceived “differences”.
    May this war in Ukraine end Now!!!
    The power of many, together.

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