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Additional restrictions are placed on foreign adopters.
Only couples married in a registered different-sex marriage are allowed to adopt children from Ukraine. According to law, homosexuality is not a reason for exemption from the army.
The largest of these groups in Ukraine is Love Against Homosexuality, which has the public support of celebrities and members of Parliament who believe that LGBT people are "sexual perverts" who need to be cured.
And that's a familiar story in Ukraine." Gay and bisexual sexual orientations and transgender identity remain taboo subjects in Ukraine.
In a 2010 European study, 28% of Ukrainians polled believed that LGBT individuals should live freely and how ever they like.
As part of the Soviet Union, the Criminal Code banned same-sex sexuality.
Bias motivated crimes or hate crimes against people who are LGBT are frequently reported on in the international press, and while such violence is not legal in Ukraine, there is a perception by people living in Ukraine and globally that such violence is frequently tolerated by the Government.
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.