We are in regular daily contact with our colleagues in Kyiv Pride and Kharkiv Pride. They are in urgent need for funds to support their community and their activists and to keep them safe and so we launched a fundraising appeal to raise funds to aid their safety, evacuation to a place of safety where this is possible, and for the purchase of immediate needs such as food and medicine. The money can be used by either organisation to support LGBTI+ individuals anywhere in Ukraine.
Within 36 hours of the invasion, EPOA made immediate donations from our Solidarity Fund to Kyiv Pride and Kharkiv Pride. But EPOA’s donation is only a contribution to their wider needs.
We invite the community to make donations to support the activists in Ukraine. 100% of donations will go to Kyiv Pride and Kharkiv Pride; EPOA does not take any fee. We have been verified by Vespia to show that you can trust your donation to us.
Funds can take a few days to arrive in accounts abroad. So the Board has also agreed that we will make an immediate transfer of funds to Kyiv Pride and Kharkiv Pride based on the pledges made by our members, whenever the funds are needed. This gives them access to the funds straight away, and EPOA can wait for payments to clear. We will use our reserves to support our members in this crisis.
Thank you for considering helping our friends in this hour of exceptional need.
The current total of funds raised (at 1700 on Thursday 5 May) is approx €72,700.
Our thanks to the following organisations who have donated so far: Amsterdam Pride (NL), Animagi CIC (UK), Arcigay Milano (IT), Belgrade Pride (RS), The LGBTIQ community in BiH and Sarajevo Open Centre (BH), Copenhagen Pride (DK), CSD Deutschland (DE), CSD Magdeburg (DE), Cumbria Pride (UK), Dublin Pride (IE), Firenze Pride (IT), FRI Oslo og Viken (NO), Gilbert Baker Foundation (US), Hamburg Pride (DE), HBT Liberaler (SE), Lancaster Pride (UK), Late Birds Lisbon (PT), LGL / Baltic Pride Vilnius (LT), Luxembourg Pride (LU), Malmö Pride (SE), Malta Pride (MT), Morecambe Pride (UK), Oslo Pride (NO), Pride Barcelona (ES-CT), Pride in Gloucestershire (UK), Pride Marseille (FR), SLM Copenhagen (DK), Stockport Pride (UK), Team Puppy UK (UK), Torino Pride (IT), Varese Pride (IT), Vienna Pride (AT) West Pride (SE) and Zürich Pride Festival (CH). Thanks also to the many individuals who have generously donated.
Prides #StandWithUkraine flag
We have created a fabric flag to fly at Pride events this summer, showing the logos of Kharkiv Pride and Kyiv Pride on a background of the Ukrainian flag. All profits will be donated to these organisations. You can order them here.
Donate securely online
You can donate via PayPal. Please send your payment to the account firstname.lastname@example.org. The account is in the name of Uwe Hörner, the Treasurer of the Association.
Bank transfers can be sent to our account. Please clearly mark the payment ‘UKRAINE’.
BIC / SWIFT: MALADE51WOR
IBAN: DE52 5535 0010 0022 2757 30
Account holder: European Pride Organisers Association aisbl
Bank: Rheinhessen Sparkasse (Germany)
If you are a member organisation of EPOA and wish to make a pledge, please email email@example.com or donate using the PayPal details above.
Assistance for refugees
Organisations in neighbouring countries are providing assistance to LGBTI+ refugees fleeing Ukraine. This document has very helpful information to assist those fleeing and those providing help. Information on the Temporary Protection Directive for refugees in the EU can be found here.
- Austria (info from Vienna Pride)
- Czechia (info from Prague Pride)
- Hungary (info from Budapest Pride)
- Moldova (info from Genderdoc-M)
- Poland (info from Parada Równości / Warsaw Pride)
- Romania (info from Artists at Risk)
- Slovakia (info from Pride Košice and others)
The Eurocentralasian Lesbian* Community are providing assistance to lesbian refugees at the border.
Please send additional suggested links to firstname.lastname@example.org.