Transgender, Transition, and Dilemma of Choice in Contemporary Ukraine
From the late 2000s, transgender rights have been receiving increasing attention in Ukraine, and a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have taken up the cause of the ‘transgender community’. In this chapter, I explore how the transgender phenomenon is constructed as a problematised phenomenon in contemporary Ukraine through local and global governmental mechanisms that make available certain choices and solutions to people falling into the ‘transgender’ category and activists involved in professionalised transgender activism. I understand ‘transgender’ as a problematised term that ‘is the product of a constant, social reiteration (and contestation) of those meanings in a range of contexts – from the day-to-day assertions of gay, lesbian, and transgender communities and the activist strategies of LGBT movement, to the intellectual labor of scholars’. I focus my analysis on professionalised LGBT activism in contemporary Ukraine, its take on transgender ‘problems’, and geopolitical contexts in which both transgender activism and transgender issues have been developed.