The Times podcast: Queer Ukrainians on the frontlines

Gay Pride Ukraine
A gay and lesbian rights activist waves a rainbow flag during the June 2018 gay pride parade in Kiev, Ukraine. Several thousand supporters of gay pride held a 20-minute march in the capital despite opponents’ attempts to block them.
(Evgeniy Maloletka / Associated Press)

Ukraine was never a utopia for gays and transgender people, but activists there say things have improved over the years. Now, though, people are worried that Russia’s invasion could put all of that progress at risk. Today we talk to two LGBTQ+ Ukrainians, one who’s fighting against Russia for his country — and another who fled Ukraine but is continuing her fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Read the full transcript here.


Host: The Times: Daily News from the L.A. Times producer David Toledo

Guests: L.A. Times Latin America correspondent Kate Linthicum

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Will Russia bring its war on LGBTQ people to Ukraine?

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“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers David Toledo, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineers are Mario Diaz and Mark Nieto. Our editor is Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.