14:39 Mar. 19, 2016
Threats will not stop Lviv's LGBT festival
A Ukrainian advocacy organization has rejected calls to cancel an LGBT festival that is scheduled to take place in the city of Lviv this weekend. Insight, the group behind the Equality Festival Lviv, said the museum that had agreed to host the event announced on Tuesday it would no longer do so because of "anonymous threats to commit physical violence and property destruction."
Insight noted the museum's administrators also cited a lack of support from Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi factored into their decision.
Deputy Mayor Marta Litvinyuk told a local media outlet that the Lviv City Council had not "received any official request" from Insight about the event. She also noted that news of the festival on social media and in the media sparked outrage.
"The City Council considers it inappropriate to hold such events in Lviv, in order to guarantee the safety of all residents and visitors of our city," said Litvinyuk.
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Olena Shevchenko, a member of Insight, told the Washington Blade on Thursday that Lviv authorities "want us to cancel all public events and to hold everything else behind closed doors without any publicity."
"The answer from us is no. We demand support for human rights and equality." said Shevchenko. Full story