Authorities Cancel March for Equality in Kiev, Ukraine

A March for Equality scheduled for Saturday was canceled after authorities said they could not provide adequate protection from marchers, Human Rights First reports:

UkraineDespite months of negotiation with LGBT activists, the Kyiv authorities today said they could not protect the March for Equality scheduled for tomorrow. Organizers told Human Rights First that the march was designed as an opportunity for Ukrainians to demonstrate unity and shared values. Kyiv's first equality march took place in 2013 with police protection, and local activists hoped that once the precedent had been set this year's march would be able to take place safely.

"Kyiv Mayor Klitschko's statement that 'this is not the right time for a celebration' is a huge disappointment. He should have a better understanding of what a demand for equality is. You can't have a hierarchy of human rights," said Olena Shevchenko, co-chair of the organizing committee of Kyiv 2014 Pride. "It seems like it's never really the right time for LGBT rights."

Kiev's first such march was held in May 2013 and faced similar concerns, but police stepped in at the last minute and provided security, arresting 13 for trying to disrupt the event.



  1. says

    We met some of the Kiev Pride folks at World Pride in Toronto last week. Very smart and articulate activists. They were hoping it would be a chance for Ukraine to demonstrate its adherence to European values and freedom of assembly.

    They did have a flash mob, anyway, and there were other activities aside from the Equality March.

    Photos of the flash mob with rainbow balloons here:

  2. Putney says

    Aren’t they in the middle of civil war? This might not be the time and place for such an event. You should have at least mentioned that the negotiations for the parade started before the current hostilities.

  3. Cake says

    “It seems like it’s never really the right time for LGBT rights.”

    Ain’t it the truth.

  4. Isaak says

    Protection “from” marchers? Or “for” marchers? Makes the story very different!