Lesbian conference in Ukraine faced massive protests


Anti LGBT+ protesters descended on a hotel in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on April 11th because the European Lesbian Conference (ELC) was due to take place there that day. The protesters were carrying signs with hateful messages and allegedly tried to break into the hotel to throw tear gas canisters but were prevented by police, according to Olena Shevchenko of LGBT+ group Insight. Oksana Pokalchuk, director of Amnesty International Ukraine, posted photos to Twitter which showed broken windows at the hotel and “death threats and hateful slurs spraypainted on its walls. The group of protesters was reportedly made up of about 35 people mostly from religious groups. Svitlana Lukhymovych, one of the speakers at the conference, said that Ukraine is an economically unstable and the huge amount of its population is just too exhausted with poverty and war to bother about LGBT, they would not be protesting like this, but seeing these protests on TV they might have thought that homophobic hate is a norm, so it is necessary not to let such things happen


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