It’s high time for Ukraine to show it supports and accepts all and everyone. In just a few days up to 20,000 tourists are expected to come to Kyiv for Eurovision, the extravagant song contest loved and watched by many members of the LGBT community. Especially after the groundbreaking victories of transgender woman Dana International in 1998 and, most recently, the bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst in 2014, the contest has truly and deservingly established itself as an all-inclusive event.
Kyiv seemed to be on the right track when it chose “Celebrate Diversity” as the Eurovision 2017 slogan, and the city’s state administration even made lukewarm attempts to live up to it.
The “Arch of Diversity” scandal aside, which would have one of Kyiv’s most controversial monuments redesigned as a rainbow, but came to an abrupt stop after some people’s complaints about propaganda, there was another notable case. Ukraine’s official Eurovision promo video, entitled “Come to Ukraine to Celebrate Diversity,” which shows about a dozen white, able-bodied and straight people singing along and dancing to a song with lyrics “let’s rejoice in our diversity.” The 30-second video clip, while missing the point of the slogan entirely, illustrates the situation in Ukraine perfectly: It’s fine to celebrate diversity as long as you’re white and healthy, and it’s okay to be gay as long as you’re not open about it.