Kiev Gay Pride 2013

Ukraine is historically intolerant of minorities. Rabidly anti-Semitic Ukrainians have perpetrated violence against Jews since the beginning of the 20th century. During World War II numerous extermination actions were carried out by Ukrainians. Moreover, concentration camps throughout the Third Reich were staffed by Ukrainians (known for their savagery and brutality) who reported to SS overseers. Today, anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine are somewhat routine. Indeed roughly 12% or more of the Ukrainian parliament have Neo-Nazi leanings — something that would never be tolerated in Germany.

Pretty much the same ignorant nationalists are threatening violence at a gay pride parade

The mere presence of gay people is a pretext for spilling blood. All Out reports:

A courageous group of campaigners in Ukraine want to organize a gay Pride march this Saturday. But extremists have threatened them with violence. A local activist has said that without protection, Pride could become “a massacre.”

The Pride organisers met with authorities yesterday to ask for protection for the marchers – but they haven’t got a guarantee that people will be kept safe from violent attacks.

Sign the petition:

In 2013, global pressure helped a Pride march in Ukraine go ahead

safely. If we join together, we can do that again. Sign and share now – we’ll deliver the petition to the government on Friday:

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.