Ukraine homophobia blocks visa-free European trips

Alarming news out of Ukraine, where LGBTQ rights were defeated in the country’s legislature.

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Foreign Policy magazine analyzes Ukraine’s vote yesterday against closer ties to the European Union and against a ban on anti-LGBTI discrimination. This is an excerpt from the Foreign Policy article:

Ukraine Chooses Homophobia Over Europe

Anti-LGBT protesters attack police who guarded LGBT marchers in Kiev on June 6. (Photo courtesy of Bogdan Globa via Facebook) Anti-LGBT protesters attack police who guarded LGBT marchers in Kiev on June 6, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Bogdan Globa via Facebook)

This spring, Ukraine’s government decided to purge the country of its Soviet past. All through the land, chisels and winches went to work chipping away Communist symbols and toppling Lenin statues by the dozens. But the Soviet dictatorship was composed of more than stone. It was also an ideology, the chief component of which was a callous disregard for human rights. Recently, however, the Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, proved that this part of its Soviet past is very much alive in modern Ukraine.

On Nov. 10 the Verkhovna Rada refused to pass a law that…

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