LGBTQ Activist Among Latest Known Victims In Ukraine

Elya Shchemur, an LGBTQ activist, is among the latest known to have died in Ukraine
Elya Shchemur (via Twitter)

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.

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.”

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