UKRAINEPRIDE is a propatriotic queer movement. We nurture our cultural identity and defend it to share it with our soulmates from various countries, who belong to different nationalities and ethnicities, who have diverse complexions or practice varied religions. We preserve and protect our culture to tell the entire world about it.
Due to the opposite direction from imperial Russia chosen 8 years ago, currently we have the opportunity to attain equal rights for the LGBTQ community as well as all discriminated groups. We are not afraid of anything. We are defending our land. Glory to Ukraine, Glory to our Heroes!
Sofia Lapina is a human rights defender and a hate crimes expert. She has been fighting homophobia in Ukraine for more than 6 years, has worked on police reform, has experience working with the UN and OSCE, has also gained professional experience in the USA being invited by the US Department of State's International Leadership Program and has become one of the leading voices in the LGBT community.
In 2018, Sofia received the "Top 30 under 30" award from the oldest English-language newspaper Kyiv Post for her contribution to the development of democratic values in Ukrainian society. In 2021, Sofia Lapina and Yuriy Dvizhon created their own NGO “UKRAINEPRIDE”.
Shoshanna is our editor. The thing she is likely to ask you first is the "Co-star" profile and astrological compatibility, though everything must be aligned.
Not long ago, she developed public programs dedicated to LGBTIAQ + related issues in Ukraine and moderated cross-disciplinary lectures and workshops on sexuality and self-representation.
Currently, she lives in Berlin and works as a journalist.
We believe there's no harm in sometimes seeing the world through pink-tinted glasses and calling you in.
Performer, choreographer, stage director
Jay Wowk, the father of Ukrainian performance, is a visionary artist in the performing scene with 15 years of experience.
Jay shares a memorable and extremely energetic style of performance.
Their art is characterized by a powerful connection between LGBTQIA+ and other modern communities, combining the arts with the latest technologies.
Jay Wowk has a rich collaboration with well-known artists within music videos, commercials, stadium tours, theaters and underground stages.
Jay has created a new language of expression that resonates with the audiences.
Community manager, Projects assistant
Anton Ganichev is an LGBTQ activist. With extensive experience in long-term communication, Anton liaises with the community and carries out a mission of non-formal human rights and tolerance education for the LGBTQI community and our allies. Anton also helps the LGBTQ community become more proactive and join our crazy projects.
Curator of visual multidisciplinary art projects
As a former student of Fine arts, Artur has always been interested in art in its various manifestations and deviations.
In his work he likes to capture the interaction of opposites.
As a queer person Artur decided to focus his lens on what is native to him. Now Artur works with club photography and documentary, exploring the interaction of opposites in his work, and going multidisciplinary.
Anna is an intersectional feminist and LGBTQIA+ activist. She finished Law degree, did an internship at Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and was involved in creating a safe space for queer community in Kyiv’s nightlife scene.
Now Anna works mostly as a communication manager for different organizations and projects.
Fodij is an artist and designer who specializes in developing innovative design concepts and solutions for brands and organizations. His creative process involves blending the physical and non-physical realms, fiction and reality, practicality and wonder.
Fodij's background in branding, storytelling, and advertising, gained from years of working in creative agencies and design studios, provides him with a holistic understanding of each project he undertakes, as well as a desire to create with purpose.
With a passion for exploring the boundaries of categorical thinking and pushing the limits of communication and perception, Fodij is dedicated to producing projects that challenge conventional thinking and ignite the imagination.