Ukraine's 'unicorn' LGBTQ Soldiers
LGBTQ Ukrainian soldiers decided to add unicorn patches to their uniforms — because they’re not suppose to exist.
- Members of LGBTQ community in Ukraine who've decided to sign up to defend their countrey are sewing the unicorn patch just into their standard-issue epaulettes below the Ukranian flag. The mythical beast represents a symbol of defiance against the Russian regime, which is known for brutally oppressing the LGBTQ community.
- One of the soldiers shared that the practice dates back to the 2014 conflict when Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.
- "Lots of people said there are no gay people in the army,", director and drama teacher Zhuhan told Reuters as he and Romanova dressed in their apartment for their second three-month combat rotation.
- "So they (the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community) chose the unicorn because it is a fantastic, non-existent creature."
- Same-sex marriage and “gay propaganda” aka any information that presents any LGBTQ in a positive light is banned in Russia.
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