LGBT Parade Against the Occupiers

by Olha Povaliaieva
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
LGBT Parade Against the Occupiers

Kharkiv held a parade of minorities in Ukrainian embroideries

Every day, the first capital of Ukraine suffers from rocket and artillery attacks by the Russian occupiers. The Russian population also has a fear of sexual minorities, this has even become one of the "reasons" for declaring war.

It seems the Russians will have to be scared. Despite the dangerous situation in Kharkiv, an action in support of the rights of sexual minorities was held — in the subway. Participants of the action drove along all metro lines in Kharkiv and organized mini-marches at 10 stations. Members of the minorities were dressed in embroidery, holding posters condemning the Russian aggression against Ukraine. In addition to the current topic for Ukraine, activists continued to advocate the need for:

  • Proper investigation of hate crimes;
  • Equal access to public institutions;
  • Inclusive education without bullying.

Since 2019, the LGBT parade has been held annually in Kharkiv. In 2019, the March for support of people with different orientations gathered more than 3.000 participants. The peaceful parade even got the name — KharkivPride. KharkivPride is a community of people who fight for equal rights and opportunities for all people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This year the format of the march has changed, but Ukraine under no circumstances will deviate from humanity and normal perception of the world with the familiar people who live in it.

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