We call on the German government to do everything in its power to grant protection to vulnerable people from Ukraine - with and without Ukrainian citizenship - especially LGBTIQ* who flee to the EU and Germany respectively.
List of first signatories (in German)
We, representatives of various organizations from the LGBTIQ* community in Germany, organized in the Alliance Queer Emergency Ukraine, are very concerned about the situation in and around Ukraine. We receive many messages from LGBTIQ*, their families and their civil society representatives.
Since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the situation has dramatically deteriorated. Already on the first day of the invasion, important infrastructure was destroyed. Many people fled within the country, but also towards Romania, Slovakia, Moldova and Poland. Since airports were bombed extensively, people can now only leave Ukraine by land. This escape is greatly complicated by checkpoints, lack of gasoline, and chaotic conditions.
Queer organizations on the ground tell us that trans* people without aligned papers cannot pass through the checkpoints and may not have a biometric passport, which is required for entry into the EU. Currently, only female-read people and children are allowed to cross the adjacent EU borders. It is feared that HIV and trans* medical medication will run out. In addition, the ordered general military mobilization also threatens gay and bisexual men, as well as trans* women and intersex women with a male gender marker. These groups are particularly vulnerable when captured, but also in everyday military life.
Russian aggression is exacerbating the financial crisis in Ukraine and will result in increasing impoverishment of the population. This particularly affects vulnerable people. Socially discriminated minorities, such as people with psychiatric diagnoses, LGBTIQ*, and people with disabilities, were already in a particularly precarious situation before the attack, and are now even more at risk. According to U.S. Foreign Intelligence reports, these vulnerable groups are especially at risk. They could become victims of targeted attacks or be excluded from civil protections due to homophobia and transphobia.
We fear for the safety and lives of LGBTIQ* human rights activists on the ground. Supporting groups and organizations like Insight, Sphere, Kyiv Pride, Cohort, LIGA, HPLGBT, Egalite Intersex Ukraine and Trans*Generation cannot continue their work. Their activists are at risk.
In addition, we are also concerned about the human rights situation of LGBTIQ* refugees from Ukraine in the countries of Central Europe. The largest movement of refugees is expected to Poland, Hungary and Romania. There, refugees in general, and especially minorities in need of protection, experience multiple discrimination. In recent years, the governments of these countries have implemented and enforced policies that are massively hostile to LGBTIQ*. LGBTIQ* refugees are not safe in these countries!