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Ukraine hosts biggest ever gay pride parade

KIEV: On Sunday Reuters reported that Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev, the biggest and most peaceful ever in the former Soviet country.

According to the International News Organisation, crowds of people, many dressed in bright colours, paraded along streets in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, holding up banners saying "Diversity is beautiful", "Human rights = happy country", "No violence - yes rights!".

Reuters further reports that they were flanked by a thick cordon of police but there was no sign of violence despite the presence of a few hundred protesters. 

It is reported that Sunday's march in Kiev was part of "Pride Month" celebrated by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian who took office last month, has promoted a tolerant culture, speaking to the news organisation, saying he stands for all people's equality and freedom.

The President's office urged the police to prevent violence and guarantee the safety of participants in the march of equality.

Speaking to the New York Times, Kiev police confirmed that more than 50 Ukrainian far-right activists were detained in Kiev after they tried to disrupt a gay pride march.

The Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival will take place on October 26, 2019.

Joburg Pride dubbed the Pride of Africa is for every LGBTQ+ME person on the continent of Africa, Joburg Pride (the ‘Pride of Africa’) offers an inclusive, multi-faceted community platform that builds individual and collective pride beyond the actual pride celebrations themselves – liberating every person in this diverse community to live their most authentic life.

To read more on Reuters click HERE

Source: Reuters, NY Times and additional reporting by Buchule Raba

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