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In 1992, the national Government revised its laws regarding gender identity to allow for, under medical approval, gender reassignment surgery and new personal identification.
No legal recognition exists for same-sex marriage, nor is there any sort of more limited recognition for same-sex couples.
The prevailing intolerance and threats of violence, pressure many LGBT people to remain in the closet, especially if they are public figures who feel that their career as a politician or a celebrity would end if people knew that they are part of the LGBT community.
While prevailing public attitudes are intolerant, the Ukrainian LGBT community has gradually become more visible and more organized politically since 1991.
And that's a familiar story in Ukraine." Gay and bisexual sexual orientations and transgender identity remain taboo subjects in Ukraine.
Most Ukrainians affiliated with the Orthodox or Catholic Church tend to view homosexuality and non-traditional gender roles as signs of immorality.
During the Soviet era sexual relations different from the 'officially' recognized (heterosexual) were labeled as abnormal.In 1999, the former President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, stated that there are more important issues than LGBT rights to discuss in parliament and that homosexuality is caused by a mental illness or the corrupting influence of foreign films.In 2007, the leader of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights called gay men "perverts" who must be stopped.Additionally, the adopter must be at least 15 years older than the adopted child, or 18 years older if adopting an adult.The law also mentions that persons "whose interests conflict with the interests of the child" may not be adopters, but whether this provision has ever been applied against gay adopters is unknown.