Nikki overcame his panic attacks and found a new job

05.01.2023 | cb — No comments

We as Munich Kyiv Queer continue collecting stories from LGBTIQ* in Ukraine asking them how they live under war circumstances. We want to raise awareness for the situation of this vulnerable social group and mobilize support like donations. This is Nikki’s.

Nikki is a non-binary, gay person from Odesa, 29 years old. He has been going through some hard times since r*ssia started the full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Nikkis anxietes and tics from his youth came back; every bombing of his city gave him panic attacks. He felt lost, as you can see in his VIDEO! Nevertheless, he tried to volunteer and support the community as well as his country.

Nikki, 29 years, from Odesa. Video: Nikki

Munich Kyiv Queer sent him money for everyday basics and medicaments. Nikki, on the other hand, helps us to edit and translate texts on our website so that we are able to pay him kind of a monthly “income”. It is not much, but we are very happy to help and proud he has recently found a new job. He’s better now.

Wie wish Nikki all the best!

P.S. The video was shot several weeks ago, but due to Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure we were able to publish the final version of it only now. Enjoy, it is a real piece of art.

This is how you can help

Individual help

Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via to support people in Ukraine like Nikki with whom we have worked closely over the past ten years and who are not organised in the local LGBTIQ*-groups. We can help fast, directly and unbureaucratically.

Help for LGBTIQ* organisations

To support LGBTIQ* in Ukraine we have helped set up the Alliance Queer Emergency Aid Ukraine, in which around 40 German LGBTIQ* Human Rights organisations are involved. All these groups have access to very different Human Rights organisations in Ukraine and use funds for urgently needed care or evacuation of queer people. Every donation helps and is used 100 percent to benefit queer people in Ukraine. Donate here


Housing for queer refugees from Ukraine

LGBTIQ* often have seen discrimination in their lifes, therefore queer refugees are particularly vulnerable. Many are traumatised and now they experience re-traumatisation on the run. We want to offer them a home where they feel comfortable and can live without fear. Depending on availability, we rent two-, three-, four- or five-room flats and sublet them to people in need as shared flats. Our association does not have any funding yet, so we depend on donations. For example, we have to advance rent and deposits until the State’s job centres step in.

Donate here:
Münchner Bank eG
IBAN DE16 7019 0000 0003 1425 66
Munich Queer Homes e.V.


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