Late spring - early summer 1997 the editorial board of "One of Us" (Ukrainian gay magazine) in cooperation with the Civil Human Rights Protection Committee implemented a joint project "Hands to hands". It included free distribution of copies of "One of Us" magazine to gay groups in remote parts of the Ukraine, as well to groups in neighboring Belarus and Moldova. The cover letter said: "This is a free issue of the magazine. Its purpose is to inform a wider circle of homosexuals in remote areas. We address gay activists all over the Ukraine. We ask you to share these two copies among your circle of friends so that more gays could find contacts among themselves."
According to one of the chiefs of the project, 500 packages with 2 copies of the magazine in each were dispatched. Based on their results it was possible to determine more than 43 informal actively existing groups all over Ukraine and about 8 - 12 possible gay centers to open in the future. "This project, together with "One of Us" magazine and its regular issues, promotes a more active formation of an active gay environment, which in the near future can be perceived as a unified organization. Though begun as an acquaintances service, as a result of it there are new contacts between the closed groups of our gay community." To date, the fourth issue of "One of Us" magazine is currently available.