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Lesbians Held Conference in Kyiv Despite Counter Protests

Expand Participants at the European Lesbian Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, prepare for a group photo, April 13, 2019. © 2019 Human Rights Watch When the organizers of the second European Lesbian Conference chose Kyiv as the host city, they weighed the importance of visibility and solidarity against the inevitable security risks. I boarded the plane for Kyiv with some trepidation, aware that stone-throwing protestors had already broken windows and written homophobic statements at the hotel conference venue. But this also increased my determination to be there and stand together against such hate…

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