Kyiv Pride Photo Makes USAID Top Ten


Activists march to promote the rights of Ukraine's LGBTQ community during Kyiv Pride in 2019.

This week marked both International Day of Democracy and the conclusion of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “Democracy Is” communications campaign. USAID used the opportunity to announce the winners and finalists of the 2020 Democracy, Human Rights and Governance photo contest, which were selected to showcase its investments in democracy that advance a free, peaceful and prosperous world.

Among the top 10 finalists was a photo from the Kyiv Pride March, captured by Roman Shalamov for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Ukraine, where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals face significant challenges to safely and meaningfully participating in political processes. IFES believes that #DemocracyIs equal rights for everyone, including the LGBTQ community.

Published on September 18, 2020.

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