House LGBT Caucus Calls on Ukrainian Government to Protect Odessa Pride

Sep 26, 2016
Press Release

1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: August 04, 2016         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572


House LGBT Caucus Calls on Ukrainian Government to Protect Odessa Pride

Washington, D.C.  – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus urged the Ukrainian government to take measures to safeguard the celebration of LGBT Pride in Odessa this month. 

“On behalf of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I commend the leadership of Ukraine for actions taken to ensure that Kiev’s Pride celebrations were able to take place in an atmosphere of safety and respect, and urge the Ukrainian government to take similar measures to ensure the safety of Odessa Pride participants,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David N. Cicilline (RI-01).  “Celebration of LGBT Pride honors our identities and community and serves as a connection point for LGBT people everywhere.  The June 12th murder of 49 LGBT community members in Orlando, Florida drove home the importance of being able to celebrate Pride in a safe place.  Therefore, the success of Odessa Pride this August, as well as the safety of its participants, is of the utmost importance to us.”

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 or with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.