The Localization of Sexual Rights in Ukraine

  • Thorsten BonackerEmail author
  • Kerstin Zimmer


Although sexual rights of LGBT people are internationally disputed, a global norm on LGBT acceptance and non-discrimination has been established since the 1970s as an outcome of the gay rights movement in Western Europe and North America. However, norm-challenging authoritative voices are still powerful not only in domestic contexts, but also in international forums. In this contribution, we argue that this degree of contestation matters for the attempt to localize sexual rights. Drawing on the literature on norm contestation and norm localization, we explore the techniques both norm entrepreneurs and norm antipreneurs use in Ukraine in order to advocate for or against sexual rights. The contribution is based on reports, statements, and several interviews which were conducted in Ukraine in 2014 and 2015.


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  1. 1.University of MarburgMarburgGermany

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