Additionally, the adopter must be at least 15 years older than the adopted child, or 18 years older if adopting an adult.

The law also mentions that persons "whose interests conflict with the interests of the child" may not be adopters, but whether this provision has ever been applied against gay adopters is unknown.

During the Soviet era, sexual relations different from the 'officially' recognized (heterosexual) were labeled as abnormal.

Lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Ukraine may experience different social attitudes and public policies than heterosexual persons or persons who have a more conventional gender identity.

Noncommercial, same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults in private is legal in Ukraine, but prevailing social attitudes are often described as being intolerant of LGBT people and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for any of the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.

The largest of these groups in Ukraine is Love Against Homosexuality, which has the public support of celebrities and members of Parliament who believe that LGBT people are "sexual perverts" who need to be cured.

In 1999, the former President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, stated that there are more important issues than LGBT rights to discuss in Parliament and that homosexuality is caused by a mental illness or the corrupting influence of foreign films.

For over a year they didn't let him go out of the house to work or study, they just kept him inside for fear of shame.

And that's a familiar story in Ukraine." Gay and bisexual sexual orientations and transgender identity remain taboo subjects in Ukraine.

A draft law that would make it illegal to talk about homosexuality in public and in the media and to import, distribution and broadcast of video, photo and audio products that "encourages homosexuality" (with penalties of up to five years in prison and fines for up to 5,000 Ukrainian hryvnia (616 United States dollar In 1998, the first LGBT rights group was created.

Our World is an LGBT community center and human rights advocacy organization.

Additional restrictions are placed on foreign adopters.