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Ukraine/Canada: Ukrainian Lesbian and Gay Association (ULGA) of Toronto including its activities, size, gender composition, languages spoken, accessibility for new immigrants and refugees

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 27 December 2002
Citation / Document Symbol ZZZ40541.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ukraine/Canada: Ukrainian Lesbian and Gay Association (ULGA) of Toronto including its activities, size, gender composition, languages spoken, accessibility for new immigrants and refugees, 27 December 2002, ZZZ40541.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f7d4e460.html [accessed 28 December 2014]
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The goals of the Ukrainian Lesbian and Gay Association (ULGA), which was founded in Toronto in 2000 are

to provide education and outreach on sexual orientation issues in the Ukrainian Canadian community

to connect with and support other lesbian and gay organizations in Canada, Ukraine and internationally

to support the struggle against HIV/AIDS in Canada and Ukraine

to assist newly arrived lesbian and gay Ukrainians (ULGA n.d. Mission Statement).

ULGA's mandate is carried out through social events and gatherings, fundraising activities, education, participation in the AIDS walk, and by providing support and resources for the lesbian and gay community (ibid. History).

In correspondence sent to the Research Directorate, a representative of ULGA stated that there are approximately 40 members of the organization (ULGA 26 Dec. 2002). Membership is composed of gay men (95%), lesbians (2%), and heterosexuals (3%) (ibid.). The representative stated that the "3% [are] mainly new immigrants gravitating to our group gathering information, photographs, and requesting support letters for their future immigration hearings" (ibid.).

English and Ukrainian are the principle languages spoken at ULGA meetings and gatherings; however, Russian is also spoken by some members of ULGA (ibid.).

Although the organization has a Website and is listed in a gay and lesbian periodical, the representative commented that ULGA is "somewhat difficult to locate" (ibid.). He added that the Ukrainian community knows of ULGA, but that they are "probably unaware of how to reach us" (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

Ukrainian Lesbian and Gay Association (ULGA). 26 December 2002. Correspondence sent by a representative of ULGA.

_____. n.d. Mission Statement. "The Ukrainian Lesbian and Gay Association." [Accessed 18 Dec. 2002]

_____. n.d. History. "History of ULGA." [Accessed 18 Dec. 2002]

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