Protesters posing as gay men and lesbians used the topic of sexual orientation in an effort to break-up the on-going efforts of the Maidan demonstrators. Here in Kyiv on January 11 so called “titushki” (a colloquial term used to identify those individuals hired by the government to disperse opposition demonstrators), staged a fake lgbt pride manifestation in front of Bessarabsky market in Kyiv.
Injecting the LGBT agenda into the Maidan movement, in which people of both conservative and liberal persuasions participate, was a manipulative tactic to divide the Maidan and to discredit the efforts of the LGBT community who stand unidentified, shoulder-to-shoulder with their fellow EU supporters. Thanks to the prompt response of real LGBT activists and officially registered LGBT organizations, the rally proved ineffective. The Maidan volunteer barricade guards, unprovoked by the stunt, met the parade with indifference allowing the gay-titushki to perform their demonstration, observing the protesters with skepticism but care for their security.
The previous day, during a press conference at UNIAN, a leading Ukrainian press agency, the organizers of the LGBT-mock performance announced their plan to start the parade at Bessarabsky market and walk to the Maidan, approximately 600 meters. About 40 gay-tituskhkas, clad in colorful wigs, overdone make-up, silly hats, and comical clothing, were brought by bus to Bessarabs’ka Square in an attempt to exploit societal stereotypes of homosexuals and cause public unrest.
Participants of the action, waving rainbow flags and symbols of the European Union. They performed several dances under the direction of professional entertainers. The mock demonstrators were promised 150-200 US Dollars for their participation in public gay sex show.
During the spectacle, participants of the facebook-group for LGBT rights ‘STOP 8711’, which include members of official LGBT organizations and other friendly non-governmental organizations as well as LGBT activists and allies, were present to counter-act the efforts of the gay-titushki. Human rights and LGBT activist Zoryan Kis, holding a poster which read “NO provocations” and Kremlin propaganda technologies, explained to journalists that the spectacle is comprised of hired individuals who were organized to divert society’s attention from the true aims of the Maidan. Kis continued, “This manipulative provocation has several goals. First, it is to discredit the Maidan. Second, it is to feed the homophobic spirit and to bully the Maidan against the Ukrainian LGBT community.”
LGBT activists revealed screen-shots of correspondences with talent agencies who contacted members of the LGBT community to participate in the event. The promised fee for participation was around 150-200 US Dollars.