Elya Shchemur, an LGBTQ rights activist from Kharkiv, died due to injuries incurred during Russian bombing of the city center. Her colleagues at Kharkiv Pride said she was killed while volunteering at the local defense office.
Elvira Shchemur who was volunteering for KharivPride and KyivPride died after the bombing of Kharkiv Regional State Administration.
Sincere condolences to relatives and friends.
Cursed be Putin and his people who are killing civil Ukrainians.
Rest in Peace Eli pic.twitter.com/qNJNC0lIvs
— KyivPride (@KyivPride) March 17, 2022
From The Guardian:
“Elya was an activist and a patriot: she participated in all possible actions and democratic events of Kharkiv. Together with Elya, we went through three Kharkiv Prides and three women’s solidarity marches. Elya was actively engaged in human rights interventions and pride performances,” the colleagues said.
“She inspired and motivated not only our team but all volunteers around. People followed her into her struggle for freedom and equality. And when she smiled, everyone smiled back. Elya was one of the first Kharkiv Pride volunteers that joined the Kharkiv defence office. She was brave and courageous. A patriot and a hero. And this is how we will remember her and never forget.”
Gay rights activist among latest known victims of Ukraine war https://t.co/3qiGfJDnM9
— Laia Balcells (@laiabalcells) March 19, 2022