This week read about thousands attending a Pride parade in Ukraine, and South Korea not enacting anti-discrimination laws hurting LGBT youth.
Thousands Attend LGBT Rights March In Ukraine
Thousands of people, including soldiers and diplomats, marched calmly through Kiev in an annual gay pride parade on Sunday, despite some resistance to an event canceled last year due to the coronavirus epidemic.
According to organizers, approximately 7,000 people joined the Equality March this year, down from 8,000 in 2019, which had the largest turnout since the event began a decade ago, despite religious and nationalist resistance.
According to a study conducted in August by the sociological group "Rating," which found that 47% of respondents had an unfavorable impression of the LGBT community, homophobia is common in Ukraine.
“@UKinUkraine colleagues and friends supporting LGBTQ groups in Ukraine," British Ambassador Melinda Simmons wrote on Twitter, according to Reuters.
Lack Of Anti-Discrimination Laws Impact Youth
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According to a new report, South Korea's inability to enact national rules prohibiting discrimination hurts residents, particularly LGBT youth.
"Even as domestic public opinion warms to LGBT rights and neighboring governments take steps toward LGBT equality, however, South Korea's government has failed to make meaningful progress, citing intense religious and conservative opposition to justify inaction," the report said according to Reuters.
Several bills in the National Assembly would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, race, and other categories. Several of the ruling party's presidential candidates and other leaders have indicated support for the ideas.
On March 9, 2022, South Korea will have a presidential election.
However, the campaign for anti-discrimination legislation has sparked a reaction, and past attempts have failed.