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ESC Reporter | March 27, 2017

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Jamala signed letter of support for Kyiv pride

Jamala signed letter of support for Kyiv pride
Alvaro Sanabria

The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Jamala, signed an open letter from Amnesty International to the mayor of Kyiv in support of the Kyiv Pride march. In her letter, Jamala encouraged Ukrainians to accept the LGBT community and asks Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, to support the march and ensure the participants’ safety.

 

Fighting against homophobia

In her open letter, Jamala also asked the local authorities to “condemn the use of hate speech" and support of freedom of expression. The safety of the march was in fact in risk after neo-Nazis groups sent threats of a bloodbath if Pride took place.  

This is not the first time that the Eurovision winner has shown support for LGBT rights. In May, Jamala told to BBC: “A lot of gay people love this competition. I want us [to] show respect for different people with different orientations and cultures. Despite the fact that we have a war, I want future guests of Eurovision [to] feel safe.”

The Kyiv Pride March took place on June 12 with the support of the local authorities. The Pride was joined by western diplomats who praised the “changes in the Ukrainian society.”

The Equality March is “a peaceful human rights supporting demonstration that appears as a realization of the freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and expression for LGBT community and stands for drawing attention to the problems faced by many LGBT people,” according to the Facebook page of the event.

 

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