San Francisco Chronicle

Marchers back LGBT rights

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A crowd of 7,000 people gathered in Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Sunday for the annual March for Equality to support the rights of the country’s LGBT community.

Participan­ts announced eight demands, including the legalizati­on of civil partnershi­ps for LGBT people and the creation of laws against LGBT hate crimes.

The march was guarded by police, who sought to prevent clashes with far-right groups that

attempt to disrupt the event every year.

Ukraine repealed criminal liability for homosexual­ity in 1991. In 2015, Ukraine’s labor laws were amended to ban discrimina­tion of LGBT people in the workplace.

However, conservati­ve groups in the largely Orthodox Christian country oppose LGBT rights.

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