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Court blocks Ukraine’s first-ever gay pride rally

A court in Kiev has ruled against plans for Ukraine’s first gay-pride demonstration. A district court judge today found in favor of city authorities, who argued against approving the rally, based on fears that it would lead to violence and … Continue reading

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Ukraine lawmakers seek ban on gay pride parades

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports: Sixty-one Ukrainian lawmakers have signed a petition urging Kyiv’s mayor to ban a gay-pride parade in the Ukrainian capital scheduled for May 25. Ukraine’s Family Movement leader Pavlo Unhuryan, who is also a [member of … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Pro- and anti-gay protests likely to clash May 25

Global Voices suggests that clashes between anti- and pro-gay protesters in Ukraine are likely once again if a renewed attempt to hold a gay pride parade proceeds as planned on May 25: An attempt to hold Ukraine’s first gay pride … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s anti-gay bills don’t derail visa relaxation

Pink News reports: Efforts to halt the European Parliament’s decision to relax visa restrictions on Ukraine, due to the country’s support for homophobic legislation have failed. Since 2011, the Ukrainian Parliament has been examining two draft laws making it illegal … Continue reading

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Will Europe pressure Ukraine to reject anti-gay bills?

Human rights activists are urging the European parliament to delay a move to ease requirements for visas for travel to and from Ukraine until that country drops efforts to curtail human rights of LGBT people. A vote on whether the … Continue reading

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Pressure on Ukraine to reject ‘gay propaganda’ bill

Sixty-two members of the U.S. Congress   on March 12 appealed to the Ukraine parliament to reject proposed laws against “homosexual propaganda.” In a letter to Volodymyr Rybak, chairman of the parliament, known as the Verkhovna Rada, they praised Ukraine for … Continue reading

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Violence, arrests disrupt gay-rights protest in Ukraine

Six LGBT-rights protesters and several counter-protesters were reportedly arrested today in Ukraine during a gathering to celebrate International Human Rights Day. The theme of the 100-person protest in Kiev was “Say NO to Legislative Violence against Human Rights,” which focuses … Continue reading

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Europe warns Ukraine: anti-gay law obstacle to visa-free travel

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT rights today issued this press release, which confirms the observations of  the Oct. 4 blog post “Ukraine’s anti-gay bill could lead to travel restrictions”: The European Commission has now said that Ukraine’s proposed anti-gay law … Continue reading

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Protest greets Ukraine plan for Oct. 2 ‘gay propaganda’ vote

BREAKING NEWS The parliament of Ukraine reportedly will vote tomorrow (Oct. 2) on a bill that would ban “gay propaganda.” The Ukrainian LGBT activist group Insight is seeking to rally opposition to the bill, including letters to the parliament (known … Continue reading

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