LGBTQ+ Guide to Kiev
Clubs & Bars
Lift is a gay and lesbian club located on the 4th floor of an office building in the city center of Kiev. On normal nights, the venue is open as a bar, but during the weekend it turns into a nightclub. The club hosts two dance floors and serves good cocktails. There are regular drag shows and it is also possible to perform yourself or play karaoke. In addition, there is a dark/playroom that is open to (trans) men. The club is especially busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
L’Kafa cafe on Lesi Ukraine Boulevard is a nice mix between a lounge, karaoke bar, and nightclub. The bar serves as an unofficial gay and lesbian venue. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming so that everyone can enjoy delicious meals and have a pleasant conversation in a relaxed way.
Open Space is a gay cruising club in Kiev where you can find a labyrinth, play zone, sling room, private room, bar and cinema. The club hosts themed nights regularly and announces these parties via their Facebook page. On normal days, the club is open for men only, however, on occasional club nights all genders are welcome. Sometimes drag queens perform here as well.
Dovbychka Beach is a beautiful and sandy naturist beach that is located opposite to Hydropark in Kiev. To reach the beach, it is best to take the metro to Hydropark station. From there, you have to cross the Resenka river with a small boat. These boats leave from the North-Western side of Hydropark, and from the Olmeca Beach, just across the bridge. Most action takes place in the forest behind Olmeca beach (next to the sports school), and in the bushes behind the naturist Dovbychka beach.
Location: 50.448880, 30.567390
Kiev Pride, held in June, is the largest event in Ukraine for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The event rounds off a week of events aimed at raising awareness of LGBT rights and issues in Ukraine.
European Lesbian Conference
The next European Lesbian Conference will take place in Kiev from 12 to 14 April 2019. Hundreds of lesbian politicians, artists, journalists and academics will come together to speak about this important subject.
Insight is a Ukrainian organisation committed to equal rights, freedom, inclusiveness, and diversity for all social groups. The organisation protects human rights, organises educational activities, and provides assistance and support to LGBTQ+ people in Ukraine. It has regional offices throughout Ukraine and brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people who strive for a genuine, democratic and tolerant society.
The medical organisation Friendly Doctor offers a convenient environment in which LGBTQ+ people can obtain a medical examination, without having to experience stress or stigmatization. They do testing for four kinds of infections: HIV, hepatitis C and B, and syphilis. The program educates doctors all over Ukraine on tolerant language and on health risks of LGBT people. All the doctors who underwent the training are called friendly doctors: they can be found on the organisation’s website, where clients can book an appointment with them at their usual workplaces.