Kyiv Pride organizers face death threatens
LGBT activists and organisers of Pride in Kyiv, Ukraine have been sent death threats ahead of the event. Gay Alliance Ukraine announced that they and those wishing to march in the parade had been threatened. A disturbing image and message were left on the website of Ukraine’s LGBT movement by hackers.The picture, which has been photoshopped and is not real, shows activists being hung with guns held up to their heads. The homophobic hackers wrote alongside the image: “The holding in Ukraine of various LGBT forums, marches, equality, Kievprayd and other activities of homosexuals will be for you a tragic mistake. Organisers expect over 5000 people will attend the event, which is held on Volodymyrska street. Ukrainian nationalists are also trying to derail the parade by blocking the route. Dozens of far-right protesters have blocked one off Volodymyrska street in Kyiv trying not to let the Pride March go ahead. Dressed in camouflage, the group are believed to be shouting homophobic chants and holding signs depicting violence. Authorities had strengthened security measures for the parade but it is unclear if they are attempting to clear the protesters out.