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Russia Bombing In Ukraine Kills LGBTQ+ Activist

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According to Kharkiv Pride today, A 21-year-old queer rights activist from Kharkiv, Ukraine was killed during a Russian airstrike of the city’s center. Elvira, or “Elya,” Shchemur, died at the territorial defense office where she had been volunteering. A statement said “Elya was an activist and a patriot: she participated in all possible actions and democratic events of Kharkiv. Together with Elya, we went through three Kharkiv Prides and three women’s solidarity marches. Elya was actively engaged in human rights interventions and pride performances. She inspired and motivated not only our team but all volunteers around. People followed her into her struggle for freedom and equality. And when she smiled, everyone smiled back, Elya was one of the first Kharkiv Pride volunteers that joined the Kharkiv defense office. She was brave and courageous. A patriot and a hero. And this is how we will remember her and never forget.” Besides her activist work, Shchemur studied law. Everyone at Queer News Tonight stands with Ukraine and especially the Ukrainian LGBTQ+ community.