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Skyscraper In Kyiv Lit Up In Rainbow Pride In Act Of Defiance

Youtube: KyivPride (screenshot)

Once again, Kyiv has shown its Pride, this time with a 140 metre rainbow flag projected on one of Ukraine’s tallest towers, Pink News reports.

From October 5 to 11 the Gulliver Mall, a 35 storey shopping and entertainment centre in Kyiv, will be lit up in Pride colours in defiance of an increasingly homophobic eastern Europe.

The flag and accompanying slogan, “It’s good to be different together!” will flash across the face of the building in five minute intervals between 6.30pm and 10.00pm, being projected from the nearby Ukrainian Empire State building in an extraordinary public display of LGBTIQ solidarity.  

The tower can be easily seen from anywhere in central Kyiv and its surrounding areas and has been timed to coincide with the country’s PrideMonth and International Coming Out Day.

“Coming Out Day is about visibility and the power of the voice,” said Ruslana Panukhnyk, director of the KyivPride NGO.

“On this day that is important for the entire LGBT+ community, we want to emphasise once again that we are stronger together and together under all circumstances, including pandemic conditions and quarantine restrictions. We walk side by side towards a better future for all.”

“We shall recall that PrideMonth usually taking place in Kyiv from September 26 to October 11 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In June, LGBTIQ activists attached a Pride flag to the city’s famous Motherland statue to draw attention to the increasing homophobia the community experiences in the Ukraine.

Watch KyivPride’s video showing off the tower in all its rainbow glory below.

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