A courageous group of campaigners in Ukraine want to organize a gay Pride march this Saturday. But extremists have threatened them with violence. A local activist has said that without protection, Pride could become “a massacre.”
The Pride organisers met with authorities yesterday to ask for protection for the marchers – but they haven’t got a guarantee that people will be kept safe from violent attacks.
In 2013, global pressure helped a Pride march in Ukraine go ahead safely. If we join together, we can do that again. Sign and share now – we’ll deliver the petition to the government on Friday: go.allout.org/en/a/kiev-pride
Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in Ukraine often face discrimination, and are even targets for abuse by public officials. This Pride march is an important call for equality.
Far right, anti-gay groups have become more powerful in Ukraine since the government was overthrown in 2014. One anti-gay group has specifically warned that they’ll come after gay, lesbian, bi, and trans people if they march on Saturday.
Sign now to protect Pride: go.allout.org/en/a/kiev-pride
Pride organisers have been attacked in Ukraine before. In 2012, two members of the group, Gay Forum, had tear gas sprayed in their eyes amidst a torrent of anti-gay abuse. Another activist was punched in the face until his jaw broke.
In 2012 and 2014, Kiev Pride had to be cancelled by the organizers because the Police failed to guarantee the safety of the demonstrators in the face of violent counter–demonstrations. But in 2013 – thanks to EU pressure – marchers were properly protected and Pride went ahead.
We’ve won on this issue before. In Argentina last year, more than 10,000 All Out members signed a petition that pushed Buenos Aires city officials to provide security and safety for the Pride parade. Now let’s fight for protection for Pride marchers in Kiev, too. Sign now: go.allout.org/en/a/kiev-pride
Thanks for going All Out

Horrific moment thugs attack head of gay rights group as Ukraine is forced to cancel parade hijacked by neo-Nazi zealots
Shocking: Homophobic thugs beat Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine, in Kiev. He was attacked after telling the media that the first gay parade in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was cancelled because of safety concerns


Battered: Svyatoslav Sheremet is covered in blood after he was attacked. Hundreds of neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists turned up in Kiev to attack the gay parade 


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David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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