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    Ukraine Holds First Gay Rights Rally Held Despite Opposition

    Attendees wouldn't let a court ban or anti-gay demonstrators stand in the way of making history.

    At least 50 marched in Ukraine's first gay rights rally in Kiev Saturday.

    GayPride Kiev succesvol verlopen. Helaas wel zware beveiliging nodig. #LHBT Foto met dank aan @MarijeC

    Patrick 

    @ZegmaarPatrick

    GayPride Kiev succesvol verlopen. Helaas wel zware beveiliging nodig. #LHBT Foto met dank aan @MarijeC

    A court ban and anti-gay demonstrators unsuccessfully attempted to disrupt the rally.

    Peaceful Kiev Pride in #Ukraine, police prevents attacks on #LGBT marchers incl @hrw's Boris Dittrich and @anna_kirey

    Jan Kooy

    @KooyJan

    Peaceful Kiev Pride in #Ukraine, police prevents attacks on #LGBT marchers incl @hrw's Boris Dittrich and @anna_kirey

    Riot guards were on hand to ensure the attendees were safe.

    This was needed to keep Kiev Pride 2013 peaceful. #LGBT #Ukraine @geertjanhahn @anna_kirey

    Jan Kooy

    @KooyJan

    This was needed to keep Kiev Pride 2013 peaceful. #LGBT #Ukraine @geertjanhahn @anna_kirey

    Demonstrators called for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and derogatory stereotypes.

    @sia_vlasova's great pic from #kyiv's first ever gay pride. more to follow. #ukraine

    Jakub Parusinski

    @j_parus

    @sia_vlasova's great pic from #kyiv's first ever gay pride. more to follow. #ukraine

    Here's video from the event.

    View this video on YouTube

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