Ukraine saw its first-ever gay rally on Saturday, in spite of an earlier decision by a court that attempted to block the event.
Police protected the 100 activists and arrested 13 people who tried to break up the march on Saturday. Activists walked along a street in the capital in spite of anti-gay protesters verbally harassing them nearby.
City authorities had argued that a gay march would clash with the annual Kiev Day festivities and could lead to violence. The authorities cited 500 complaints from the public to justify their court petition. A gay-rights event planned for last year in Kiev was called off at the last minute after a gathering of skinheads threatened participants.
A recent Amnesty International report said Ukraine’s gay community suffered widespread bias and abuse.