This is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine

A Documentary Film by Marusya Bociurkiw

About the film



You’ve probably heard of Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution. You may not know that LGBT activists played a significant role. Join Ukrainian-Canadian Filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw as she follows the progress of the Euromaidan revolution, and the Russian occupation that followed, through interviews with LGBT Ukrainians.  From accounts of exile and torture, to stories of resistance, this film shows a side of the conflict in Ukraine the world has not yet seen.

About the Filmmakers

Marusya Bociurkiw


Marusya Bociurkiw is writer/director of 10 films and videos, including “What’s the Ukrainian Word for Sex?” (2009), and the author of five books, including the award-winning Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl (Arsenal Pulp Press 2007). Her creative non-fiction story, “A Girl, Waiting”, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious CBC Canada Writes Literary Award. She is a longtime media activist: her multi-genre work, which links issues of ethnicity, nation, sexuality, and social justice, has been presented on four continents. She is associate professor of media theory, and director of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.


“If we hope to help [the people of Ukraine] we need to understand the issues at hand… you need to watch This is Gay Propaganda..”

Daniela Costa, AFTER ELLEN