Anti-Gay Violence on the Rise in the Ukraine?


LGBT rights groups in the Ukraine have warned that violence and discrimination against LGBTs in the country is on the rise.

Reports the Washington Post:

But despite strong support from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev and other Western groups, they were forced to cancel the May 20 event on learning that hundreds of anti-gay activists had arrived in Kiev looking for confrontation.

Shortly after the parade was cancelled, Sheremet was first doused with pepper spray, and then kicked in the head, legs and arms by a group of youths wearing surgical mask. They then stomped on his back. A month later, Taras Karasiychuk, another gay parade organizer, sustained a concussion and a fractured jaw when he was attacked by men shouting homophobic insults outside his home.

“The message was clear: ‘don’t come out onto the streets with your gay rights, stay at home or in your clubs,’” Sheremet said.

Footballing authorities were heavily criticized for allowing the Ukraine and Poland to jointly host the Euro 2012 football tournament when both countries have problems with racism and institutionalized homophobia and actively criminalize their LGBT citizens.

Ukraine’s parliament, following the example of city lawmakers in Russia, has also moved to ban so-called “homosexual propaganda” using legislation that could stifle any and all gay rights protest and advocacy.


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Ukraine MPs Want to Ban ‘Promotion’ of Homosexuality

Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License, with thanks to Cesar Augusto Serna Sz.


Phil Smith
Phil Smith5 years ago

What a person does in their own bedroom is their own business.. What you teach your kids is your own business..
When these things are brought out into the open and are being thrown at my kids ~ i have to draw the line..

Timothy Wood
Timothy W5 years ago

I wonder if the people here in the United states where I live who take the same stance, are in line with countries like Russia, and past dictators such as Hitler. Yet they say they are true Americans.

John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Steve for the article. Russia and and the countries that made up the former USSR need to move into the 21st century. The LBGTQ communities in those countries have a long hard road ahead of them.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

Hate is such an ugly force.

Karen M. The point of these parades and feasts is for a sense of community, not to make people more tolerant.

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V5 years ago

Karen M., you see the problem is the LAW does NOT work the way you teach your children. When there is NO true equality it must be fought for. When we reach TRUE equality there will be NO need for the protest and parades. The Gays and other minorities can relax at home the way anyone else can.Freedom is not free and that is what they are fighting for, that is what we should ALL be fighting for.

Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

Karen M, hiding away and keeping quiet has not done anything to make homosexuality acceptable. Most people, straight or gay, don't define themselves by their sexual preferences first, but OTHER PEOPLE DO. Read the comments of any LGBT article here and they are filled with things about "gays" written not by people who happen to be gay but by people who happen to be straight.

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

can't anyone control the hatred driven violence?

Laurie Greenberg
Laurie Greenberg5 years ago

There is no excuse for violence against people, who are staging a peaceful protest. They just want Russia to wake up and realize that LGBT people are human beings, a significant percentage in every location on Earth, and deserve respect. The bullies who insist on beating these people up should be jailed.

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago

Why all the violence and discrimination against LGBTs? Let people live in peace I say........

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 years ago

Since when does having a 'gay rights' parade make folks tolerant? Making folks tolerant of your sexuality is going to come from being a good, helpful person whose sexual preferences are not the driving force of your existence. I've taught my teenage children to look at the person first, and sexual preferences secondary. My best friend from 3rd grade is a wonderful person who is in a monogamous relationship with another woman. She doesn't define herself as a lesbian, but as a caring, helping woman (she volunteered with the Red Cross for 30 years) who happens to be lesbian. I don't define myself by my sexual preferences first. I present myself a s a person trying to make the world a better place for children and animals. My sexuality is secondary. Maybe they need to re-focus their means of self acceptance.