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Munich Kyiv Cabaret: Drag saves lifes!

We’re back. On 4th of November we celebrate queer solidarity with our friends in Ukraine. The Charity Drag Show starts at 8 pm. Get your tickets now.

Munich’s emcee and “reality seller” Markus Laymann (photo: Verena Gremmer; below right) presents artists from Germany and Ukraine with Bavaria’s one and only Ukrainian drag queen Samantha Jackson (photo: Raphael Renter; below left).

They have all joined forces to support LGBTIQ* in and from Ukraine with an entertaining cabaret evening. We offer you an extravagant show with drag, music, burlesque, magic and comedy.

And these are our guests from Germany

She is the enfant terrible of the German burlesque scene. When RUBY TUESDAY reveals herself on stage, it’s getting hot. Ruby has been performing throughout Europe as a neo-burlesque performer for over eleven years. This art form not only allows the performers to play with femininity and sensuality in a self-determined, creative and humorous way, but also to question social norms and blur boundaries.

Her versatility allows Ruby (photo: Verena Gremmer; below) to slip into many roles: she plays the fluffy bunny just as convincingly as “Ruben Tuesday” bursting with masculinity – Ruby was Munich’s first drag king.

MERRITT OCRACY is Munich’s Ukrainian Drag Quing (Photo: Merlyn Charles Nieto; below left). A faerie harlequin, a vintage prince of the mischievous abyss, a crossover chameleon that flies through space and time and has landed on stage from somewhere out there. Merritt says: “Gender is a construct, build your own.”

PERRY STROIKA does strange things (photo: Verena Gremmer; below right) and rhinestones his underwear. Munich’s well known drag king moves aesthetically somewhere between camp and campsite owner. In his performances he likes to show people the silly side of masculinity.

From Ukraine we get to see

BEE QUING (photo below left) came to Germany because of the war. They love to entertain the audience with their energy and improvised dance steps. Combining their passion for dance with drag is an experience that amazes us all.

The mysterious VIRIENA (photo below right), winner of Voice Zaporizhzhia, has also been living in Germany for a good year now. She has already given many concerts here and inspires the fans with her expressive voice.

Meet our hosts

Ukrainian’s Drag Ambassador SAMANTHA JACKSON from Odesa has a big stage presence, a big heart and an even bigger voice. Everything about her is big. Especially the longing for her old homeland, which she had to leave. With her songs, she reminds us of Ukraine. Her cause: A life in freedom! Samantha says: “All people in this world deserve to be free to choose who they love and be who they are.”

Reality seller MARKUS LAYMANN is a missionary of intelligent entertainment. That is why the style of his magic programmes is more cabaret than serious magic. The focus is always on entertainment, on entertaining the audience. In times when there are no more miracles for the enlightened spectator, it is more important to address him directly, to make him laugh or think or to surprise him.

And last but not least

Our stage hand is a young vegetable and the only source of vitamins who volunteers to help pick up underwear: That’s our dear Radieschen!

Munich Kyiv Cabaret is a charity evening for queer war victims. The artists all waive their fees; the entrance fee will be donated to Ukrainian LGBTIQ* who are in need or on the run. At the entrance, Munich Kyiv Queer will be waiting at the info desk to answer all your questions.

Munich Kyiv Cabaret Charity Drag Show in aid of Munich Kyiv Queer
When Saturday, 4 November 2023, 8 p.m.; admission from 6.30 p.m.
Where Drehleier, Rosenheimer Straße 123
Tickets 29/25 euros plus advance booking fees, PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Organised by Munich Kyiv Queer, Drehleier

This is how you can donate


INDIVIDUAL HELP Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via https://www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support queer people in Ukraine who are in need or on the run. Why? Because not all LGBTIQ* are organised in the local LGBTIQ*-groups. This help is direct, fast and free of charge if you choose the option “For friends and family” on PayPal. If you don’t have PayPal, you can alternatively send money to the private account of Conrad Breyer, speaker of Munich Kyiv Queer, IBAN: DE427015000021121454.

All requests from the community are meticulously checked in cooperation with our partner organisations in Ukraine. If they can help themselves, they take over. If the demands for help exceed their (financial and/or material) possibilities, we will step in.

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 like “You are not alone” and use funds for urgently needed care or evacuation of queer people like Volodymyr. Every donation helps and is used 100 percent to benefit queer people in Ukraine. Donate here

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

Beer ’n‘ Chill, German-Ukrainian Oktoberfest

Munich Kyiv Queer’s mentoring programme invites you: On Monday, 25 September, starting at 7 pm, we want to combine Ukrainian with Bavarian traditions during a bar evening at the lesbian-queer centre LeZ – with Ukrainian beer and snacks.

Everyone is welcome who wants to meet people from Ukraine or Germany and celebrate together.

Creating perspectives, making friends

Why are we doing this? After 18 months of war, our friends are looking for perspectives in order to make a living here. To do so, they need to get in touch with people who speak German and understand how the local society works.

We don’t just offer them a roof (in German: DACH) to survive. We offer a safe space to find help and orientation. Nobody’s left behind.

When Monday, 25 September, 7 pm
Where: Lesbian-queer centre LeZ, Müllerstraße 26
Questions: mentoring@munichkyivqueer.org
Organised by: Munich Kyiv Queer, Mentoring programme DACH

Let’s go for a hike to Andechs

Our mentoring team will take you to the Bavarian mountains. On Sunday, 27 August, we’d like to go hiking to Andechs on the holy mountain. Don’t forget your swimsuit! Meeting point: 9.50 a.m. at Munich main station, platform of the S-Bahn number 8 towards Pasing.

And this is how it goes: From Munich main station we take the S8 to Herrsching in about 50 minutes. From there we walk for about one and a half hours through the forest to the Andechs Monastery, where we can stop in the beer garden before walking back to Herrsching or taking the bus.

In Herrsching, the Ammersee awaits us, where we can swim if the weather is nice and/or end the day at the kiosk there. If the sun’s not shining, we might have another coffee in Herrsching and then take the S-Bahn home.

About the tour: The Monastery of Andechs is located on a mountain. Therefore, the route is always uphill. However, there are no major inclines. A certain basic level of fitness is required, but not necessarily special boots. If you have difficulties walking, you can take bus No. 591 directly from the train station to Andechs’ monastery and reach the top in just ten minutes. Details of the tour can be found here

The Monastery: Andechs is considered the Holy Mountain of the Bavarians. For centuries, the Benedictine monks brewed the famous Andechs beer here. In addition to the baroque pilgrimage church, you can find a monastery shop here and several restaurants as well as a beer garden. In this very beer garden we can taste the famous beer and eat something.

Swimming in the Ammersee: The lido in Herrsching has a lot ot offer: two bathing jetties, a volleyball court, toilets, changing rooms and a kiosk where we can buy drinks and buy something to eat.

Please bring: good shoes, comfortable (hiking) clothes, a sun hat / rainwear or an umbrella, a water bottle for the hike, food for picnic and / or beer garden, your swimsuit, if necessary a volleyball or another play equipment (badminton?) for the beach.

Beer garden: You may bring your own food to the beer garden. However, drinks must be purchased on site. 

When: Sunday, 27 August 2023, 9.50 a.m.
Wo: Abfahrt: S8 um 10.25 Uhr; Treffpunkt 9.50 Uhr Hauptbahnhof am Gleis der S 8 Richtung Pasing
How much: If you are subscribed to a Deutschlandticket, the only costs for you will be for food and drinks. Without such, you may pay 5 Euros per person for the train. Those who travel by bus pay more.
Please register: mentoring@munichkyivqueer.org 
Organized by: Munich Kyiv Queer, mentoring programme DACH

Munich-Ukrainian Picnic Talk

We enter the 2nd year of war and luckily activists from Ukraine will join MunichPride once again. They are all fighting: for their country, their lives, for freedom, visibility and acceptance of LGBTIQ*, of course.

We want to talk and learn from each other, from our struggles and our history. How are queer people in Ukraine right now? What’s our business in Munich?

Meet people from Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv and Munich. Bring your food to the picnic talk of Munich Kyiv Queer and LesbenSalon. We have invited (in alphabetical order):

  • Lenny Emson, KyivPride
  • Zhenia Kvasnevska, OdesaPride, Queer Home Odesa
  • Anna Sharyhina, Sphere, Kharkiv

When: Friday, 23rd of June 2023, 6 p.m.
Where: LeZ, Müllerstraße 26
Organized by: Munich Kyiv Queer, LesbenSalon, LeZ

This is how you can help


INDIVIDUAL HELP Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support people in Ukraine who need help and 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

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

Munich Kyiv Extravaganza

In the spirit of the long-standing city partnership between Munich and Kyiv, drag artists from Ukraine and Germany have once again joined forces with Munich Kyiv Queer. They perform and raise money for the important work Munich Kyiv Queer conducts for queer war victims. Welcome to an entertaining cabaret evening on 10 June.

Charming guests, great show: Munich based Drag Queen VICKY VOYAGE (b.d.) leads the way through the international cabaret world. Because Vicky is always worth a trip. She guides her audience through the evening with charisma and clever wit. You can expect a colourful potpourri of Ukrainian and German drag art.

Before things get started on stage, we present our guests here in fast forward:

She is the enfant terrible of the German burlesque scene. When RUBY TUESDAY gets on stage, it’s getting hot. Ruby has been performing throughout Europe as a neo-burlesque performer for over ten years. This art form not only allows the performers to play with femininity and sensuality in a self-determined, creative and humorous way, but also to question social norms and blur boundaries.

Her versatility allows Ruby to slip into many roles: she plays the fluffy bunny just as convincingly as “Ruben Tuesday” bursting with masculinity – Ruby was Munich’s first drag king.

“All people in this world deserve to be free to choose who they love and be who they are.”

Samantha Jackson

Ukrainian’s Drag Ambassador SAMANTHA JACKSON from Odesa has a big stage presence, a big heart and an even bigger voice. Everything about her is big. Especially the longing for her old homeland, which she had to leave because of the war. With her songs, she reminds us of Ukraine.

Her cause: A life in freedom! Samantha says: “All people in this world deserve to be free to choose who they love and be who they are.”

Drag King Holey Father. Photo: Merlyn Charles Nieto

Drag phenomenon HOLEY FATHER spreads blasphemous fun wherever it can. With a mix of pop culture and social criticism, Holey makes people laugh, cry, but also think.

AGNETA LINCHEVSKAYA from Berlin is an icon of intellectual eroticism and the biggest rule breaker of burlesque. She stubbornly refuses to work according to the laws of this genre and likes to assert herself. She is suspected of being a double agent working undercover as a cabaret performer – ultra sexy, aristocratic, intelligent and extremely dangerous! Extremely suspicious, isn’t it? Join “Munich Kyiv Extravaganza” to find out the truth.

LIUDMYLA KURALIESOVA currently lives in Switzerland. The singer from Odesa feels confident in every musical genre, from rock to opera. Her performances are steeped in Ukrainian culture. In every song you can feel the endless expanse of the Ukrainian steppe, the warm breeze of the Black Sea and the majesty of the Ukrainian Carpathians.

Liudmyla’s art combines the irrepressible power of an independent woman with her sensitive lyrical nature. In her work, Liudmyla draws the attention of the world community to the war in Ukraine. She believes in equal rights for all people.

„Gender is a construct, build your own.“

Merritt Ocracy

MERRITT OCRACY is Munich’s Ukrainian Drag Quing. A faerie harlequin, a vintage prince of the mischievous abyss, a crossover chameleon that flies through space and time and has landed on stage from somewhere out there. Merritt says: “Gender is a construct, build your own.”

Munich Kyiv Extravaganza (Flyer: Stanislav Mishchenko) is a charity evening for queer war victims. The artists all waive their fees; the entrance fee will be donated to Ukrainian LGBTIQ* who are in need or on the run. At the entrance, Munich Kyiv Queer will be waiting at the info desk to answer all your questions.

When: Saturday, 10 June 2023, 8 p.m.; Admission from 6.30 p.m.
Where: Wirtshaus zum Isartal, Brudermühlstraße 2
Tickets: 29 euros plus booking fees, PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Organized by: Munich Kyiv Queer

This is how you can help


INDIVIDUAL HELP Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support people in Ukraine who need help and 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

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

Fancy some karaoke?

Do you like to sing? Would you like to meet people from Ukraine, get to know them and perhaps make new friends ? In this case, we can offer you a perfect evening programme.

Join our karaoke competition on Tuesday, 11th of April, from 7 pm, at the Lesbian-queer centre LeZ. Germans and Ukrainians will meet to sing against each other.

Karaoke. Photo by Theo Eilertsen Photography on Unsplash

This evening organized by our dear friend Oleksandra Semenova from the NGO “You are not alone” and Stephanie Hügler is all about proving your own show talent, competing with others and having fun. Cool awards await the winners.

Singing together brings new friends

With our mentoring programme we want to bring Ukrainian and German queers together; they will get to know each other better.

On the long run, we hope this will lead to stable mentor-mentee relationships between people from Ukraine and Germany (one-to-one mentoring). However, there is no obligation to take on a mentorship during this evening!

Graphics: Natalia Nazarenko / NGO “You are not alone”

When: Tuesday, 11th of April, 7 p.m.
Where: LeZ, Müllerstraße 26, Munich
Please register: mentoring@munichkyivqueer.org (Marco and Steffi)
Organized by: Munich Kyiv Queer, LeZ

This is how you can help


INDIVIDUAL HELP Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support people in Ukraine who need help and 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

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

« Tell them about it! » A travelogue from Ukraine

Due to high demand we offer another lecture with Sibylle! On her charity trip through Ukraine, Sibylle von Tiedemann visited our friends and LGBTIQ* organisations in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv and she was received with open arms. Sibylle has already talked about her trip at the lesbian community centre LeZ. On Wednesday, 29 March, at 7.30 pm, she now invites you to the gay community centre SUB, Müllerstraße 14. Join in!

At first it was just a vague idea, but it soon took shape. And then, end of November, Sibylle started her journey to Ukraine.

She went because she wanted to be there. With her friends, in the country she loves, in the city of Kyiv, which she had grown so fond of over the years.

Sibylle in front of tanks. In the background: Sofia Cathedral. Photo: Sibylle von Tiedemann

Sibylle also wanted to collect donations for Munich Kyiv Queer and the “Bridge for Kyiv”, an association that supports people in need, especially children and large families who have not much of an income.

Donors can win wine, coffee and toilet paper from Ukraine

In the end, she stayed for over a month. At the gay-queer centre SUB, Müllerstraße 14, she will give a new lecture on her journey on Wednesday, 29 March, starting at 7.30 pm. Her first event in February was well attended; not all those interested were able to participate. That is why she is going to show photos and videos and talk about her experiences again. The evening will be moderated by Conrad Breyer, spokesperson for Munich Kyiv Queer.

Warm invitation! Flyer: Stanislav Mishchenko

Among donors – the goal was to collect 18,000 euros, nearly 14,000 we got so far – we will raffle off souvenirs from Ukraine, such as craft wine from Odesa, toilet paper with Putin’s portrait and coffee with the popular slogan of a Ukrainian soldier who refused to surrender with his troops on Snake Island. He said: “Russian warship, f… you!”

Sibylle has been to Ukraine many times in recent years. Munich Kyiv Queer exists since 2012 and Sibylle co-founded the group. For several years she also was a spokesperson. We campaign for the Human Rights of LGBTIQ* people in Munich’s twin city Kyiv and beyond. Sibylle has often accompanied the group during their activities, for example at KyivPride.

At the railway station in Kyiv. Despite the war, the trains run on time. Photo: Sibylle von Tiedemann

But Sibylle is a PhD Slavicist and historian, too. As a research assistant for the NS Documentation Centre in Munich, she interviewed former Ostarbeiter who were deported to Munich for forced labour during the Nazi era.

In 2018, she co-edited the memorial book for Munich victims of the National Socialist “euthanasia” murders. It was a milestone in her work about this forgotten group of victims.

Sibylle on the beach in Odesa. Photo: Sibylle von Tiedemann

Sibylle prepared her trip very acurateley. She talked to experts and friends who really appreciated her travel plans. She was warmly welcomed by people in Ukraine. Sibylle reported on her personal observations in a well-received blog, which can be read here.

The stories she wrote are touching. Queer people suffer particularly as a vulnerable group in the war. But the blog also tells of courage, creative protest and a spirit of optimism in a country terrorised by Putin’s troops.

She sees her travelogue as a mission

She says: “I couldn’t bear to watch the misery from afar, to send a little heart via Facebook here, to post a #StandWithUkraine there, to transfer money.”

Sibylle in front of destroyed houses in Kharkiv. Photo: Sibylle von Tiedemann

In Kharkiv, a young Ukrainian woman showed her houses where people had lived until recently. They were totally destroyed. “Tell them about this in Germany,” she begged her. Sibylle understands this as a mission.

When: Wednesday, 29th of March, 7.30 p.m.
Where: SUB, Müllerstraße 14, Munich
Contact: info@MunichKyivQueer.org
Organized by: Munich Kyiv Queer, SUB, CSD München, Cultural Department of the City of Munich

This is how you can help


INDIVIDUAL HELP Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support people in Ukraine who need help and 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

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

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.

We need you for our mentoring programme

The war in Europe makes people feel helpless. Just watching people die in Ukraine is frustrating. But you can do something here in Munich – even if your flat is small, your wallet might be empty and your Ukrainian language skills are limited. Open your hearts for queer refugees from Ukraine and become a mentor. A first meeting will take place on 28th of February at 7pm at the lesbian-queer community centre LeZ, Müllerstraße 26.

Becoming a mentor? Is not complicated at all. First of all, it’s all about simple things: invite our friends from Ukraine to your home or simply have a coffee together, go for a walk or visit a concert. Share your hobby, your sport, your music.

If it suits you, support them dealing with the authorities, help if they have problems with their landords or on the job.

Group fun. Graphics: Midjourney

After almost a year of war, our friends are looking for perspectives in order to make a living here. To do so, they need to get in touch with people who speak German and understand how the local society works.

We don’t just offer them a roof (in German: DACH) to survive. We offer a safe space to find help and orientation. Nobody’s left behind.

Kick-off: Help and find new friends

To this end, we are launching the DACH mentoring programme. And we invite you to the kick-off meeting on Tuesday, 28th of February, at 7pm at the lesbian-queer centre LeZ in Müllerstraße 26.

DACH Mentorship programme. Graphics: Olha Rubtsova

What awaits you at LeZ? A nice evening to get to know each other. Mentors and mentees will introduce themselves. Drinks, snacks will be at your disposal; we’ll have som music and maybe even sing ;).

What do I bring? Just yourself. Be curios!

Do I have to commit right away? No, if you are interested, you can first listen to everything we have to say, you’ll be introduced to the other mentors and mentees and then you may consider everything once again. If you are interested, we will send you a questionnaire about our mentoring programme. If you are already sure, you can also register here (in German language though).

Where can I get more information? Send an email to mentoring@munichkyivqueer.org or just drop by.

Don’t forget: Helping others does not only bring good karma – it’s also fun! Our Ukrainian friends have a lot to offer. And you have the chance to expand your circle of friends, meet new people and learn about another culture.

When: Tuesday, 28th of February, 7 p.m.
Where: LeZ, Müllerstraße 26, Munich
Contact: mentoring@MunichKyivQueer.org
Organized by: Munich Queer Homes, Munich Kyiv Queer, LeZ

This is how you can help


INDIVIDUAL HELP Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support people in Ukraine who need help and 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

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

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.

Insta Live – One Year of War, chat with Sibylle von Tiedemann

For those who missed her lecture: Sibylle von Tiedemann, founding member of Munich Kyiv Queer, has recently been to Ukraine to blog about the war, visit our friends and collect donations. She will talk about her trip again on Thursday, 23 February, at 7.30 pm on the Instagram channels of CSD and Munich Kyiv Queer.

In an interview with Frank Zuber from CSD Munich, Sibylle talks about her experiences, about how our friends in Ukraine are doing and how we can help. You can read her BLOG here

LGBTIQ* suffer. Like many others, they have lost their jobs, homes, families and friends, but as a vulnerable group they face particular challenges: They cannot rely on stable family structures, for example, their legal status as a couple/rainbow family is not recognised, they experience discrimination and attacks on a daily basis, to name just a few aspects.

Join us next Thursday when we chat. Comment, ask your questions.

When: Thursday, 23rd of February, 7.30 p.m.
Where: Instagram Channels of CSD and Munich Kyiv Queer
Contact: info@MunichKyivQueer.org
Organised by: CSD, Munich Kyiv Queer

This is how you can help


INDIVIDUAL HELP Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support people in Ukraine who need help and 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

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

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.

“I am OUT of Ukraine. I am IN Ukraine”

After a trip through Munich’s community this well-known exhibition will now be displayed in the lesbian-queer centre LeZ from Friday 20 January on. “I am OUT of Ukraine. I am IN Ukraine” describes how queer people from and in Ukraine experience the war. The twelve photo collages can be seen at Müllerstraße 26 until the end of February. They were curated by our partner KyivPride.

In November, we showed them in Munich’s gay-queer centre SUB, and in summer, during the Pride, the LGBTIQ* Youth organisation Diversity put up the portraits in the windows of its café. Queer people from Ukraine describe their lives with the war: Some are fighting, some are helping, others have left the country. Now the exhibition is coming to LeZ.

What to do? Stay, leave?

War is always about decisions: Should I leave the country? Do I stay? How can I support my family, friends and, last but not least, the community to which I belong?

Vernissage at the SUB on 3 November. Photo: Stas Mishchenko

These twelve portraits provide rare answers to such questions. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary, trans* and queer people from Ukraine tell us their stories. We present three of them here. There is, for example:

Boris, gay, 26 years old, LGBTIQ* activist from Kyiv

He could not have left Ukraine anyway because of the general mobilisation. Men between 18 and 60 have to stay in the country. But Boris volunteered right away. He has been part of the armed forces before. He says: “This is the moment of truth when we actually have to be here and protect our country.”

Boris Chmilevsky. Photos: KyivPride

Boris worked as an LGBTIQ* activist before Russia started its full-scale war against Ukraine on 24 February. He had big plans for his job as well as for himself – Boris wanted to travel a lot. That’s not important any more.

“It is hard not to see that our society is getting radicalised now. But that is something to be expected. On the other hand, for the first time in world history, we see that the LGBTIQ* community is broadly represented on the front lines; many queer people are fighting openly.” Boris hopes that after the war, after Ukraine’s victory, this will be a powerful advocacy tool to build a truly inclusive Ukraine.

Luli, trans* woman, 27 years old, animation artist from Lviv

Shortly before the war, Luli and her partner had moved to Lviv. They love this beautiful city in the Western part of Ukraine and planned to buy a house there – to stay. “However, we have long since used the money to buy a car in order to support our army.” In general, Luli donates every hryvnya she has left to the armed forces.

Like many IT people, she now works in the info/cyber sector, but is not allowed to disclose any details. She stayed in Ukraine because she simply did not have the opportunity to leave. 

Luli Osmak. Photos: KyivPride

Luli came out during the war because she couldn’t shake off the feeling she might die any day. She no longer wanted to hide. And she understands that people react positively to it: “Hate speech is actively condemned by society. ” Anything else, she imagines, would not make any sense. To declare LGBTIQ* enemies now would only play into the hands of the enemy.

“We all have a hatred now and that’s right. But after the victory, you have to work with that hatred so that it doesn’t lead to something else. Yes, I see progress, freedom, tolerance and the rainbow, but the wounds in our society will not heal for a long time.”

Angelina, pansexual woman, content manager in Trutnov, Czech Republic, 21 years old

Angelina is from Kyiv, where she was born and spent her whole life. Now she lives in Trutnov, Czech Republic. She says it was quite easy to decide on fleeing. They no longer wanted to be a burden for the relatives with whom they wanted to stay only a short time. The escape was exhausting, but now they have a good life. Angelina is very grateful to the Czech people.

She misses her old life: Angelina worked as a content manager and a photographer; she participated in women’s marches and the Pride. Now she can’t do all that anymore. She helps where she can, but first she has to learn Czech. “It turns out it’s not that difficult.” She wants to start over, study.

Angelina Sazonova. Photos: KyivPride

After the victory, she sees an independent Ukraine. “New values that Russia does not impose on us. Values that we choose freely. No discrimination because it’s punished by law. Freedom for LGBTIQ* is something I would really like to have.”

Over the past few months, KyivPride has interviewed women* and men* about their lives before and after the war started. The results are sensitive self-portraits of people of all possible gender identities and sexual orientations who bravely face their fate.

When: Friday, 20 January, to Thursday, 23 February 2023
Where: LeZ, Müllerstraße 26, Munich
Contakt: info@MunichKyivQueer.org
Organised by: KyivPride, LeZ, Munich Kyiv Queer

This is how you can help


Individual help

Munich Kyiv Queer has its own fundraising campaign via www.paypal.me/ConradBreyer to support people in Ukraine like Marina 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

Questions? www.MunichKyivQueer.org/donations

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.