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Unit is a network of journalists and activists focusing on LGBTIQ+ topics in post-Soviet states. Its goal is to establish long-term and constructive partnerships among journalists, activists, media and organizations working on human rights and marginalized communities.

We are queer and our work is grounded in everyday realities of our community. We are certain that solidarity within and beyond queer community is the key for any real change to happen. We work for and with journalists in 10 countries in Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Journalism is a socially engaged work, hence we ally with activists and advocates who work with LGBTIQ+ issues. With workshops and internships, journalistic and research projects, we facilitate discussion about queer issues on the national level and beyond. 

Initiated by the journalist Ali Feruz (Novaya Gazeta) in 2018, Unit was developed by n-ost, a network for border crossing journalism based in Berlin. Our main focus and activities include:

  • Support for journalistic publications on LGBTIQ+ issues in the project countries
  • Cross border internships for journalists and support for editorial collaboration
  • Community building among journalists, editors, and human rights activists — online and during personal meetings conducted in the region

We aim to support the production of high quality journalistic publications that fight clichéd, stereotypical and homophobic representation of queer community. We support journalists with a strong interest in queer journalism without regard to their previous experience in covering LGBTIQ+ topics. We will provide them with guidance, methods and the resources of our network.

Many thanks to

The organizations that has supported our work: 

As well as all our members on Steady, including the ones who chose the most generous membership option: Jörg Albinsky, Adam Charlebois

Our team

Saltanat Shoshanova
Project Manager

Vika Biran
Project Manager

Pavel Gafarov
Communications Manager

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