LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Yuri Yoursky

Yuri is an LGBTQI human rights defender from Ukraine. But currently he lives in Estonia where works as a Human Rights Coordinator at ECOM - Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Yuri started his activism in a small LGBT grassroot organization “Gender Z” in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine where he was involved in community mobilization and HIV-prevention programs, later on he was managing national projects related to community mobilization and capacity building as a part of all-Ukrainian NGO “Gay Alliance Ukraine”. At the moment he is based in Estonia, where he works as Human Rights and Legal Issues Coordinator at ECOM - Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity. He holds responsibility for activities that support and strengthen the enabling legal environments for HIV services for gay men and trans* people in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region by means of combating stigma and discrimination, promoting and protecting human rights and removing legal and policy barriers.

Yuri is also a certified trainer on monitoring and documentation of human rights violations of LGBTQI, and expert on advocacy with the UN human rights system, in particular, UN Treaty Bodies.

He holds a master’s degree in social sciences, and his major field is International Relations and European Asian studies. Currently he's been enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Public Administration with the topic of “Sustainable organizational development of small non-governmental organizations”.

Worth mentioning that he is a part of Estonian division of “Rhythms of Resistance” - non-hierarchical, anti-oppression samba-inspired band that drums for social justice.