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Thousands march in Ukraine for LGBT rights, safety

Some 7,000 folks gathered in Ukrainian capital on Sunday for the annual March for Equality to assist the rights of the nation’s LGBT neighborhood.

Geared up with colourful costumes and rainbow flags, the group marched down the central streets of Kyiv, some carrying banners studying “Battle for proper!” Contributors introduced eight calls for for Ukrainian authorities, together with the legalization of civil partnerships for LGBT folks and the creation of legal guidelines in opposition to LGBT hate crimes.

Folks participate within the annual Homosexual Pleasure parade, beneath the safety of riot police in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. (AP)

“We’ve grown uninterested in ready for change and enduring systematic intimidation, stress, disruption of peaceable occasions, assaults on activists and the LGBT neighborhood,” the marchers mentioned in an announcement. “We demand modifications right here and now, as we need to reside freely in our personal nation.”

The march was guarded by police, who sought to stop clashes with far-right teams that try and disrupt the occasion yearly. Ukraine’s human rights ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova urged radical teams to chorus from violence.

“We’re completely different, however we’re equal,” Denisova mentioned. “Ukraine’s structure has declared all folks equal of their rights from start, no matter any traits, together with sexual orientation and gender identification.”

A number of hundred activists opposing the march held their very own rally in a park in Kyiv. No clashes have been reported.

Ukraine repealed legal legal responsibility for homosexuality in 1991. In 2015, Ukraine’s labor legal guidelines had been amended to ban discrimination of LGBT folks within the office.

Nevertheless, conservative teams within the largely Orthodox Christian nation oppose LGBT rights and members of far-right organizations frequently assault teams and occasions linked to the LGBT neighborhood. LGBT rights teams say Ukrainian police typically ignore homophobic or transphobic motives of the assaults, classifying them as hooliganism.

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