First, parliament suspended indefinitely on May 16 a vote on a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against individuals based on their sexual orientation. It could have been a big win for them as well as another step toward addressing the EU’s outlined reforms on Ukraine’s long path toward European integration.

Then Kyiv’s city administration on May 22, in an all-too-familiar move, banned a Kyiv Pride event set for May 25 that had been planned by LGBT rights groups for months in advance, citing rising opposition to the March of Equality by religious and right-wing groups, including the Svoboda party, which threatened violence if the event was allowed to go on as planned.

To add insult to injury, those groups rallied in front of parliament and Kyiv city hall chanting hate slogans, cheering on a priest that likened homosexuals to rabid dogs.

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