Statement by US Ambassador Regarding This Year’s Equality March in Kyiv
May 17, 2013
As the Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine, I am proud to extend my support to all of those who plan to participate in the second annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality March in Kyiv on May 25, 2013. In many parts of the world, members of the LGBT community continue to suffer violence, discrimination, or persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. As Secretary of State Kerry has said, all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity deserve “equality under the law.” By embracing diversity, promoting tolerance, and fighting prejudice and discrimination, we strive to build a world where everyone can enjoy equal human rights. This concept is enshrined in Ukraine’s Constitution, which explicitly protects freedom of speech and assembly, and stipulates that the main duty of the state is to “ensure human rights and freedoms.” I would like to convey my appreciation to the organizers of the Kyiv Equality March, and I hope that many people, both gay and straight, will join us in this cause. I wish everyone a successful and peaceful celebration in which no one gets hurt.