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”.
Sophie Shuliakovska is a PR specialist and a communications producer. She works on and establishes various promotional campaigns in different fields of the culture industry (from music to fashion).
Working closely with musicians, actors and celebrities, local and international media, she conducts cross-channel PR strategies and orchestrates their execution and management.
Yuriy Dvizhon is a LGBTQ activist and film director. He is highly experienced in creative industries. He has been directing music videos for Ukrainian artists for more than 5 years, and has shot over 40 videos. In the previous year, Dvizhon dealt with shooting commercials and fashion videos.
In 2019, Yuriy received the "Top 30 under 30" award from the oldest English-language newspaper Kyiv Post for his contribution to the development of Ukrainian society. He was awarded thanks to two successful projects aimed at combating homophobia in Ukraine.
Strategic partnerships manager
Alem Kent is a Crimean Tatar-American journalist, documentary artist, and activist.
They grew up in different cities around the world including Kyiv, Ukraine; Bangkok, Thailand; and Washington DC. Having been exposed to many different cultures and people from an early age, Alem is a very open person who doesn’t feel limited by labels or definitions. UKRAINEPRIDE is a movement and art project that resonates with Alem’s view of how activism, art, and politics, can intermingle to become a moving society-changing force.
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.