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Ukraine's First Gay Rally Draws Dozens Of Activists

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Unknown persons hold provocative placards depicting naked World Heavy Weight Boxing champions Vitaly (one of the leader of opposition) and Volodymyr Klitschko signed 'Klitschko is our President' as they try to join to Ukrainian gay rights activists who rally against homophobia in the center of Kiev. | Getty Images

KIEV, Ukraine -- At least 50 gay rights activists have marched peacefully in the country's first gay rally despite a court ban and attempts to disrupt the event.

Participants of the Saturday's rally in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, held banners against discrimination and derogatory stereotypes of gays.

Riot police guarded the rally and prevented attempts by a dozen men to attack the activists.

While the recognition of gay rights advances in much of the West, antipathy toward homosexuals remains strong in Ukraine and other parts of the former Soviet Union.

Homosexuality was a criminal offense in the Soviet Union and societal resistance to it remains strong more than two decades later.

The highly influential Orthodox Church vehemently opposes gay rights.

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