Seeking Asylum from Anti-LGBTQ Regimes

Maksym (Max) Datsenko

Maksym Datsenko (Dukhovnikov) is a Ukrainian citizen and a member of the LGBT community. He embraced his identity as a gay man after facing societal challenges. Maksym, an electrical engineer by education, found love with his husband Daniil in Moscow, where they confront legal restrictions due to the absence of same-sex marriage rights. Despite the hostile environment towards the LGBT community, Maksym actively advocates for equal rights, participating in LGBT social network communities. He also volunteers with San Diego Pride, dedicating his time to initiatives that promote inclusivity and equality. Maksym’s journey exemplifies the ongoing need for acceptance and protection for the LGBT community.

Max will be one of the featured speakers at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally on Friday, July 14, 2023. Learn more about the rally here.