Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Kiev hosted its first Pride parade on Saturday, despite rampant homophobia in the Ukraine.

Approximately 500 police officers were brought in to secure the safety of about 75 marchers along the 20-minute route.  Despite the overwhelming police force, 21 counter-demonstrators were arrested for disrupting the march.

A city court attempted to block the event by banning the march from the city center, forcing organizers to secure an alternate route at the last moment.

Despite the obstacles, Amnesty International and Kyiv Pride 2013 organizers regard the event as a successful and historic moment for LGBT rights in Ukraine.

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