Despite threats of violence from ultra-nationalist and right-wing activists, and several attempts by them to cause trouble, the Equality March in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ukraine went peacefully in Kyiv for the second year in a row.
Around 4,000 people walked for four blocks in the center of Kyiv on June 18, guarded by 5,000 police officers. For some European cities, like London, that may seem a trifle – London’s Pride parade route this July is three kilometers long, and tens of thousands of participants are expected.
But Kyiv’s Equality March was the biggest and the longest ever. And that shows Ukrainian society is progressing gradually. The LGBT community is here to stay and has the same rights as everyone else.