June 23, 2014 , 4:30PM Ukraine will be represented at WorldPride 2014 in Toronto by four of the country’s most prominent LGBT activists. The theme of WorldPride is RISE UP and these courageous souls perfectly resonate with that spirit. They are past and current organizers of KyivPride, EuroMaidan activists and crusaders for LGBT and Human Rights.
The events of the last six months from EuroMaidan to Crimea to the recent presidential election have shown that all Ukrainians are fighting for their rights. But Ukraine’s LGBT community has even more at stake and face a stark crossroads: Either progress toward European human rights and tolerance, or a slide into Russian-style oppression. Shortly after annexing Crimea from Ukraine, Putin enacted the same oppressive laws he imposed on Russians. Now southern and eastern Ukraine is threatened with a similar fate. Read more ›