We are deeply shocked and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and here at Recon, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
This is a senseless tragedy which touches each and every one of us, quite profoundly, and we would like to encourage each and every one of you to think about a way you can show/give your support to the people of Ukraine, especially those within the LGBTQI+ community.
In the midst of this crisis there is increasing concern and fear of Russia's campaign against the Ukrainian LGBTQI+ community and how they will be impacted by the invasion.
Recon has always been a platform where we encourage members to "make meaningful connections", and this is certainly a time in our lives when we should be committed to thinking about peaceful solutions, inclusivity, unity, and humanity.
To help keep Recon as an accessible platform for our members in Ukraine, we've removed the daily credit limits for all members in Ukraine – effectively giving unlimited access.
Recon has also made a donation to charities supporting the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.
You can also give your support. We've attached a few links to international and local organisations which you can donate to, in order to give your support. And there's also a link to Insight, one of Ukraine's main LGBTQ organisations, fighting to support their communities. If you know of other organisations, please continue to support their efforts to help with this humanitarian crisis.
The Recon Team
Insight is a Ukrainian LGBTQ+ rights group, covering 11 regions of Ukraine, committed to fighting for equal rights, freedom, inclusivity, and diversity – and to providing assistance and support for LGBTQ+ community.
UNICEF has issued an emergency appeal to help fund its relief operations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
United Help Ukraine is currently raising money to send first aid kits and other humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Red Cross Ukraine emergency appeal is helping to provide vital aid, and assist with mobilization of volunteers and resources and other emergency activities.