27 November 2019—8 November 2020
IZOLYATSIA foundation and the NGO KyivPride, supported by the Human Rights Fund 2019, are starting a long-term project Coming Out of Isolation 2.0 aimed at the elimination of discrimination, xenophobia and prejudice towards members of the LGBT+ community in Ukraine.
This project seeks to talk critically and without biases about different, including non-binary, gender identities by means of contemporary art with an intention of facilitating the visibility of LGBT+ people and, correspondingly, supporting their full-fledged and equal integration into social life.
When talking about LGBT+ topics, both general media and specialized literature frequently use the term ‘LGBT+ community.’ It was used for the first time in the USA in 1988, born out of an effort to reflect the diversity of the sexual and gender spectrum. However, this term results in generalization and homogeneity of the community which in reality is quite heterogeneous and diverse.
Moreover, this community has certain conceptual differences and it consists of a great number of individuals which often define their gender identity in a very particular way. The important factors for self-identification are social circumstances, i.e. the education, the level of welfare, the region of living, the age of the members of the LGBT+. All these factors have a substantial impact on the level of openness, self-perception and socialization of every separate individuum.
Therefore, IZOLYATSIA foundation and the non-governmental organisation KyivPride deem it important to talk not about the community in general, but about separate subjects of which it consists and about the social circumstances in which they live.