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Historic First Gay Pride March Held In Ukraine As Gay Activists Are Arrested In Moscow: VIDEOS


While gay activists marched under police protection in the streets of Kiev, Ukraine today, some 30 people (from both pro- and anti-gay camps) were arrested by police in Moscow as they protested Russia's recently passed ban on "gay propaganda," Reuters is reporting.  

Yesterday, a court ruled to cancel Kiev's pride march amidst security concerns. However, police stepped in at the last minute to offer protection to those marching today and arrested 13 people for trying to disrupt the march.

Pro-gay activists in Ukraine are not underestimating the significance of today's march:

"'This event will go down in the history of Ukraine as one of the key developments in the fight for equal human rights,' said Olena Semenova, one of the organizers, expressing gratitude to the police and the authorities for their action."

The assistance and support provided by authorities in Ukraine is in stark contrast to the hard-line anti-gay actions taken by their counterparts in Russia.  This month Moscow officials again refused to allow a gay pride march.  


Today's events come on the heels of the recent brutal murder of a gay man in Volgograd, Russia, Vladislav Tornovoi, who was raped, tortured and finally killed because he was gay.   

The Russian government has been ratcheting up its anti-gay rhetoric as of late. Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov has stated that the Russian Federation will now consider altering its adoption policies with France, following that nation's legalization of same-sex marriage.  This announcement has echoed calls by President Vladimir Putin to end adoption of Russian children by foreign gay couples and, more broadly, by nations who allow same-sex marriage.  Yet Putin insists Russia does not discriminate against gays.  Today's events in addition to accounts from Russian activists seem to tell a different story.

Check out some videos of the march in Ukraine and the arrests in Russia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Extremely brave souls.
    My heart goes out to them.

    Posted by: JONES | May 25, 2013 5:59:33 PM

  2. I love the anti-HOMO police have OMOH (Special Purpose Mobile Unit) on their backs.

    Posted by: kelehe | May 25, 2013 7:14:08 PM

  3. Brave, brave souls. Progress is being made even in these incredibly backwards countries for the simple fact we see the LGBT communities in these countries coming out, being seen, being heard and getting attention and not being ignored. That's always the first step, even though it's tragically a painful one (as seen in Russia).

    Happy to see the pride march go on in Ukraine!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 25, 2013 7:18:23 PM

  4. Time for us to organize boycott of the Russian Olympic Games if they do not ease up on us gay folk.

    Posted by: Rich705 | May 25, 2013 7:39:29 PM

  5. Russia is, always has been and always will be a primitive, boorish nation. Always. For ever. It is so etched in the nature of Russia's people.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | May 25, 2013 8:10:02 PM

  6. Right on,brothers and sisters.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | May 25, 2013 8:58:26 PM

  7. After this year any person who has marched in an attempted gay parade in Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine is automatically qualified to lead any gay event in the Western world. The former Soviet Union is a window on a nightmare.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 25, 2013 11:07:48 PM

  8. The OMOH is in Cyrillic, so it's OMON in the Latin alphabet. In America that would be equal to SWAT.

    Ukraine doesn't have a law against so-called "promotion of homosexual propaganda to children" like St. Petersburg and like Putin is about to get passed in the Duma for all of Russia. Putin is kissing up to the Russian Orthodox church, which is rabidly homophobic.

    Posted by: Ninong | May 26, 2013 2:00:35 AM

  9. They have long way to go. I hope future lgbt generations will understand, what those men are doing.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 26, 2013 3:28:02 AM

  10. This is truly an heroic battle.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 26, 2013 5:01:01 AM

  11. They are brave people. What they face makes most gay issues in the U.S. and other western nations seem trivial.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 26, 2013 9:22:59 AM

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