Target: Supreme Court of Ukraine
Goal: Denounce the Ukrainian Court for canceling a planned gay rally
A Ukrainian Court decided to ban a gay rally that would have occurred during Kiev Day, a holiday celebrated during the last weekend of May. This gay rally would have been the first ever protest held by activists fighting the discrimination and violence experienced by the gay community every day. Homosexuality in Ukraine remains a highly controversial subject even though several countries nearby have adopted gay rights. The rally would have been important in educating people about the gay community. It would have also helped encourage a better-integrated community where people are not physically or verbally attacked for being gay. The court must be denounced for canceling the event.
The court stated that the rally was canceled due to the fear of violence and disturbance. Whether or not the rally would have sparked violence, the activists behind this rally believe that their cause needed to be presented and discussed. If no one talks about the discrimination that gay people face in Ukraine, nothing will change. The gay rights group had planned a similar event for last year’s Kiev day. That rally, however, was canceled after skinheads started showing up at the planned location, threatening to beat up any participants. Even though the event was cancelled, two of the leading activists were beaten up weeks after. The abuse and violence that exist in Ukraine must be addressed, which is why cancelling the event was the wrong choice.
Instead of cancelling the event, the government should provide increased security. If police were stationed at the protest to help protect the activists, violence could be somewhat averted or controlled. However, the court decided to take the easy way out and cancelled the event. The government must start finding ways to make the country safer for the gay community. According to Amnesty International, there are several anti-gay bills that would further discriminate against gay people. One bill, if passed, could imprison a person for up to five years if he or she publicly displays homosexual tendencies. In a study conducted by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, Ukraine scored 12 out of 100 points on the Europe Rainbow Map, a score that is extremely low.
It is time that the country addresses these discrimination issues. The Ukrainian court must be reprimanded for canceling the gay rally and preventing people from presenting their cause.
Dear Ukrainian Supreme Court,
As the highest court in the country, you must make sure that people have the right to express themselves. Recently, a Ukrainian court cancelled a gay rally from taking place on Kiev Day. The rally would have been the country’s first gay protest, which would have been extremely important since homosexuality in Ukraine is rarely discussed. The rally could have been the starting point in promoting a safer community for homosexuals.
People should never be discriminated against for their sexuality. The Ukrainian court should have found ways of improving security for the event instead of just canceling it. Violent attacks against innocent people based on their sexuality should never be allowed. It is time to address this problem.
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