More than 8,000 march in Kyiv Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Over 8,000 march in the Kyiv. (Photo via Twitter.)

More than 8,000 people participated in the Ukrainian capital’s annual Pride parade that took place on Sunday.

The Associated Press reported police kept parade participants separate from LGBTI rights opponents who protested the event. Officials said nine people were arrested during the parade, but Kyiv Pride Director Ruslana Panukhnyk told the Washington Blade there were “no major incidents.”

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Thousands attend gay pride march in Ukraine’s capital

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Thousands of people attended a gay pride parade in Ukraine’s capital amid tight security June 18.

A counterdemonstration by a few hundred ultranationalists resulted in scuffles with police in which two officers were injured and six people arrested, Kiev police chief Andrei Krishchenko said.

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Viewpoint: Around the world, Superpower failures

By : Rachel Wilson
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I’ve spent twenty-five years traveling to Russia. But I’ve never met a gay person there.

Through college, graduate school and work, I’ve roamed across this vast country – one larger than the surface area of Pluto – meeting hundreds of people in varied contexts and in myriad places. I’ve made friends – close ones – but no gay people. Statistics show that of course I’ve met gay people, I just don’t know it.

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Ukrainian lawmakers approve gay rights bill

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers have approved a bill that bans discrimination of gays, key legislation intended to help pave the way for visa-free travel between Ukraine and the European Union.

The 450-seat parliament on Nov. 12 approved the bill with 234 votes. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed parliament’s action as a “historic” move that brought the nation close to its longtime goal of winning the visa-free regime.

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Six AIDS researchers aboard shot down Malaysian plane honored at conference

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on July 20 with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.

Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers and activists killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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