A Few Hundred People Celebrate Pride in Kyiv: First Since Russian Invasion

Amidst the war in the country, a few hundred Ukrainians celebrated Pride in the capital, Kyiv. Despite a heavy rainstorm and homophobic counter-demonstrators, participants marched for acceptance and partnership rights.
Twitter Icon Facebook Icon Share this

The Pride celebration was the first since Russia began its large-scale invasion of the country. News agencies report about five hundred participants. Among the participants were soldiers who were granted leave to join the march. Many of the soldiers wore a badge with a unicorn, the symbol of LGBT+ members in the Ukrainian armed forces.

However, the Pride parade was far from the same as in other countries. The participants were only allowed to walk a short distance for security reasons. One of the threats to the Pride participants came from within the country. A few hundred activists from far-right organisations showed up to disrupt the march. The police were able to keep the groups apart, but after the Pride parade ended, these activists claimed the street for a demonstration. They shouted homophobic slogans, and some wore Nazi symbols. One of the anti-LGBT+ activists told the AFP news agency that he is not homophobic but believes that "LGBT+ people should not fight for more rights."

One of the demands for which the crowd was marching is the introduction of registered partnerships between people of the same sex. The lack of a legal framework for LGBT+ couples means that the partners of fallen or wounded soldiers have no rights regarding hospital visits or funerals and sometimes are not even informed about what happened to their loved ones on the battlefield.

Twitter Icon Facebook Icon Share this

Recommended articles