17:41 04.06.2015

Kyiv hosts international LGBT forum including March of Equality on June 6

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KYIV. June 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The international LGBT forum "KyivGayParade 2015" has begun in Kyiv.

A March of Equality will be held on June 6 as part of the forum, Director of the forum Hanna Sharyhina has said.

During a press conference held at Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday, Sharyhina said that the forum will run until June 8. It will include a number of events such as discussions, roundtable talks, movie screenings, training and exhibitions.

"In these times [which are] hard for our countries, LGBT representatives together with other citizens of Ukraine do a lot of publicly useful work, but remain invisible. We are a fully functional part of Ukrainian society and must insist on [society] adhering to all our rights and on creating equal possibilities," she said.

Executive Director at Amnesty International in Ukraine Tetiana Mazur said that her organization isn't an organizer of the March of Equality but its representatives will participate.

"Despite tremendous positive changes in Ukraine within last six months, the issue of adhering to human rights still awaits resolution," she said.

Mazur said this was the LGBT community's fourth attempt at holding the March of Equality in Kyiv, however, they only managed to hold the march in 2013, when the authorities and police ensured the safety of participants in the march.

According to her, the application to hold the march has been filed, but relevant talks are ongoing with the Kyiv authorities and police. The venue for the march hasn't been chosen as well, and will only be disclosed to the march's participants that register on its website.

Representative of the LGBT Human Rights Center "Our World" Oleksandr Zinchenkov has said that participants of the march must undergo an examination and present recommendations to register. These measures are necessary to avoid provocations during the march itself.

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