July 12, 2013, Kiev – In the cultural center named after John F. Kennedy, located in the U.S. Embassy, an exhibition of photographs and honorary ceremony of awarding the winners of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) photo contest "The Constitution of Ukraine: the citizen's rights are my rights" were held .
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft inaugurated the LGBT photo exhibition and made a special speech to the assembled participants. In particular, Mr. John F. Tefft said that the United States have made significant progress in establishing the rights of LGBT people, and his country was considering LGBT rights, in the first place, as human rights.
After a vibrant speech of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft, representatives of the initiative Tergo – parents of LGBT children, gave the Ambassador a handmade icon, as a symbol of gratitude for the help in advocating for the rights of LGBT people and the example in upholding human rights.
"We are very pleased to be able to help the Ukrainian society to pay attention to their constitutional rights, noting that everyone should know and respect the rights, proclaimed by the Constitution," – said the executive director of the AUCO Fulcrum Bogdan Global.
As part of the ceremony, the 5 photographs were awarded, the authors received valuable prizes. The first place was won by Anna Grabarskaia, photojournalist, for her series of works about "rights to freedom of thought," depicting opponents of the LGBT movement.
The second place was taken by the work of the participant wishing to remain under the nickname of Tim – "A woman has the right to choose," the third place – a series of photographs "Faith. Hope. Love" by Denis Nikonenko.
Special prize "Grand Prize for the most conceptual photo" was won by Eugene Zelman for the work under the same name, "The Constitution: the rights of a citizen are my rights."
Yan Solnechnyy received special prize "Love story" for the photo love story of homosexual couples.
The ceremony and the LGBT photo exhibition were attended by over 60 people who have seen 48 photos of Ukrainian and Russian LGBT photographers and artists working with LGBT themes.
LGBT photo contest "The Constitution: the rights of the citizen are my rights» was an opportunity for the LGBT community to share their vision of how the rights of an individual are implemented in society. The works of the participants demonstrated constitutional equality of all social groups in Ukraine. In the contest work, participants had to reflect the life of the LGBT community in the context of respect for human rights in Ukraine.
We’d like to note that any person can participate in the contest regardless of their sexual orientation.
The contest was organized by the National LGBT portal of Ukraine with the support of the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization Fulcrum and the French public initiative Sidaction.
Press Service of the National LGBT portal