Panel: Queer Ukraine

15 October 2023, Auditorium, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, 1pm

DVIJKA, Queer Ukraine

We're delighted to see DVIJKA are appearing at the Coast Is Queer festival this year:

Join us for this rare opportunity to hear one of the most exciting queer writers of our time in conversation with Ukrainian writers and activists from the front line, telling their complex, compelling stories on their own terms. The panel will be led by Brighton’s own Maria Jastrzębskawhose Polish homeland has its own complex relationship to both Ukraine and LGBTQ+ rights.

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Queer Ukraine


Against the backdrop of brutal invasion, it is much easier for right-wing figures to target marginalised groups, and during wartime the queer community is exceedingly vulnerable to persecution, scapegoating and censorship. Being visibly queer in Ukraine is an act of rebellion in itself, but LGBTQI+ people find ways to express themselves against all odds, to create beyond all constraints.

And what is queerness without defiance – the linking of arms, the echo of a hundred voices? Every voice tells a story, and this anthology is a platform for these voices, an archive of their existence. It is time for them to tell their stories on their own terms – and for the rest of the world to stand in solidarity with them.