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Ukrainian lawmakers approve gay rights bill

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Ukrainian lawmakers have approved a bill that bans discrimination of gays, key legislation intended to help pave the way for visa-free travel between Ukraine and the European Union. ...

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Elton John urges Ukraine to accept gays

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Sir Elton John speaking  during the 12th  Annual Meeting entitled “At Risk: How New Ukraine’s Fate Affects Europe and the World organized by the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation at the Mystetsky Arsenal Art Center in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Sir Elton John delivered a keynote speech  about the role of business in promoting human rights.  More than 200 leaders from politics, business and society representing more than 20 countries will discuss major global challenges and their impact on Europe, Ukraine and the world.
The singer pointed to studies showing that emerging economies which protect LGBT rights have a higher gross domestic product per capita ...

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More than a dozen injured after assailants attack gay pride rally in Kiev

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Police detain opponents of a gay rights march, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 6, 2015.
At least 25 people were detained and more than a dozen were injured after assailants attacked a gay pride rally in Kiev on Saturday, throwing flares, smoke bombs and tear gas at marchers and police. ...

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World-renowned AIDS researchers, activists perish in downed Malaysian jet

Thursday, July 17, 2014
People inspect the crash site of a a Malaysian jetliner plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
SYDNEY -- Several passengers on board a Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine were heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia, officials said Friday. "A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the southern ...

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Recent upheaval in Ukraine adversely affects country’s LGBT population

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
BRUSSELS -- New concerns regarding the safety and welfare of LGBTQ people in Ukraine were raised Monday by members of the European Union's Parliament. ...

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Obama freezes U.S. assets of 7 Russian officials, including author of anti-gay law

Monday, March 17, 2014
Yelena Mizulina
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine, including those of Yelena Mizulina, the Russian Duma (Parliament) Deputy who authored the controversial anti-gay ...

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Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

Friday, January 10, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
HAVANA -- The founder of the anti-gay Russian extremist group “Occupy Pedophilia” has fled Ukraine, where he was hiding to avoid arrest by Russian authorities for a series of criminal homophobic assaults against LGBTQ people, and is now believed by ...

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Dozens march in Ukraine’s first-ever gay pride rally

Saturday, May 25, 2013
KIEV, Ukraine — At least 50 gay rights activists have marched peacefully in the country's first gay rally despite a court ban and attempts to disrupt the event. ...

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Court cancels Ukraine’s first-ever gay pride event

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Efrem Lukatsky, APActivists of a gay flash mob throw balloons into the air marking International Day Against Homophobia in Kiev, Ukraine, last week.
KIEV, Ukraine -- A Ukrainian court on Thursday banned what would have been Ukraine's first-ever gay pride demonstration, upholding a suit by city authorities, who argued the rally would disturb annual Kiev Day celebrations and could spark violence. ...

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