Starting today, I am branching out a bit and may do some translations from the Ukrainian language, from time to time. Not that I speak a word of Ukrainian (I don’t), nor have I formally studied the grammar in a classroom or from books. But just reading it, I can kind of get the gist, plus I have online dictionaries to help me in case I get stuck on a word or two. But please forgive me in advance if I make some mistakes. I will try to get better, maybe even take some classes, or something, when I have more free time.
To ease myself in, I will start with a short piece, so, today, here is our story, it’s about the upcoming Gay Pride parade in Kiev, which is scheduled to take place on June 12.
Well, whether the event actually takes place, is another story altogether. Because Ukrainian neo-Nazi political parties have promised to bust it up, like they always do. And do with impunity, with police standing by, yawning. Since the ultra-right in Ukraine pretty much own the streets.
Gay Rights In the Ukraine
But first some historical context…
This wiki entry is wrong about a couple of things, I believe. For starters, unless I am very mistaken, homosexuality (aka “sodomy”) was not illegal in the Soviet Union. At least not since late-Stalin times. Therefore I do not believe that the Soviet legal code banned “same-sex sexuality”. How could it? A legal code cannot ban such a vague thing, it can only ban specific acts. And, like I said, sodomy between consenting adults was not illegal in Soviet times, as far as I know.
In any case, modern-day Ukraine has pretty much the same legislation, on the books, as does modern-day Russia. Homosexuality per se is not illegal; there is a form of civil union; but gay marriage is not in the cards. Sex-change operations are legal. Everything is pretty much standard fare. On the books.
Being an open homosexual in the Ukraine was never easy to begin with. Gays faced discrimination and violence at the every-day level even before the 2014 coup. But after the coup, things got even worse, if such can be imagined.
The main problem is the lack of law and order, and the fact that Nazi mobs, rather than legitimate law-and-order organs, own the streets. And these Nazis do NOT like gay people, no sirree. Now, in civilized countries, people have to put up with a lot of things they don’t like. They might morally object to seeing people, whom they consider to be degenerates, prancing down the streets having their own type of “carnival” fun. But since those people have a legal permit, then the ones who don’t like it, simply stay home and shut their doors for a couple of hours. Next week it will be their turn to do something that the other side don’t like. And neither side tries to bash in the skulls of the other side, because the police will keep them separate, and if somebody breaks the law they will be punished.
This is the definition of a civilized country. Ukraine is not one of those.
Which brings us back to our story about the Gay Parade
Artem Skopadsky, who is the Press Secretary of the Right Sektor neo-Nazi political party, wrote the following threat on his Facebook page (and here is the bit where I have to translate from Ukrainian):
Our colleagues from the OUN movement [Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, aka the “Banderites”], headed by Mykola Kohanivsky, came forward with a very strong statement on the theme of the gay parade in Kiev. In brief, 12 June will be a bloody hash. The organizers [of the parade] still have time to re-consider.
Here is the official statement of the OUN movement. It starts off with a Biblical quote from Ezekiel 16:49-50:
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
And continues with:
God distances himself from sinners sodomites, lesbians, and those who lay with cattle. And today they are trying to make us to get accustomed to LGBT parades and festivals. In other words, enlist in the ranks of sinners and those who cover up for sinners. No! We are not about to calmly look on, while the country, for which we gave our lives on the front lines, falls victim to the base methods of hybrid warfare.
[the rest of the Facebook entry, which is just a screenshot, is hidden from view, but I think you get the gist].
In conclusion: The theologians of the Bandera movement plan to put a stop to a legally-authorized public gathering, which they do not approve of, using the means they always use to express their moral disapproval: Through raw and naked violence.