“Successful Gay Pride” evidences that LGBT is safe but marginal in Ukraine

kiev-prideWhat does it take to turn a “Gay Pride” event, i.e. the public self-exhibition of sodomites and their political supporters, into a success?

This question comes to mind when reading a notice on the website of the European Parliament’s Sodomy Intergroup:

For the second time since 2013, the march for equality took place in Kiev. Over 2000 police officers protected around 300 participants against far right counter demonstrators.

The march was attended by the Swedish ambassador and Members of Parliament, and found support by President Poroshenko who emphasized that it “is a constitutional right of every Ukrainian citizen.”

Considering that according to official statistics the Ukrainian capital has 2.8 million inhabitants, the fact that “around 300 persons” (which probably must be read as: less than 300) participated in the event is not really indicative of overwhelming success – especially when taking into account that some of the participants were foreign diplomats who had been sent there by their governments to fill the ranks of the poorly attended manifestation, while others belonged to the international LGBT jet-set that travels from one such parade to the next. Indeed, one feels tempted to wonder how many of the participants actually were part of the local population…

Sodomy is, as far as we know, not a punishable crime in Ukraine. But it also is not a “constitutional right”. What President Poroshenko actually said was not that he endorsed  eccentric or unhealthy sexual behaviour, but that in Ukraine all citizens (and also, as in this case, foreign nationals) enjoy the right to freely express their opinions, including misguided or provocative ones. This is why the local government provided an escort of seven police officers for each of the extremists, lest their provocative self-exhibition offend the local population…