This picture embodies what many of our LGBT brothers and sisters around the world are facing.
Yesterday the police of Kiev, Ukraine told LGBT activists they had to cancel what would’ve been their first-ever pride parade, because 500+ homophobic counter protesters with ‘seemingly’ violent intent were on their way to disrupt the parade. While wide spread violence was averted, pockets of violence like the photo above did break out.
Svyatoslav Sheremet, is the head of the Gay Forum of Ukraine, and is the man who you see in the photo above being viciously attacked by three right-wing extremists. The counter-protesters ran when they realized the media wast recording their assault.
Max Tucker, a campaigner for Amnesty International, explained to ThinkProgress the Kiev police never intended protect the organizers:
TUCKER: It has been clear from the start that the Kyiv police department did not want this march to go ahead. Their reluctance to commit to the event and to put adequate security measures in place to protect demonstrators left organizers fearing for their safety. The Kyiv authorities and police must work harder to ensure next year pride participants can feel confident they will be protected.
According to Daily Mail, one organizer named Taras said he was disappointed about the cancellation, but added ’Our goal was to promote dialogue in society, that’s succeeded.’