24 June, 2017

Hate Crimes and LGBT rights

This afternoon the session of the Gabfest Club (Window on America center in Dnipro, Ukraine) was Hate crimes. The group was familiarized with the definition of a hate crime and was introduced to the phenomenon of a “rainbow flag”. The educational videos explained the symbolism of the rainbow flag, the English terms and slang words connected with the topic.
The group was offered a video that explained the impact of the same-sex marriage law on the economy of the USA. The club members commented on the LGBT rights in Ukraine and explained some peculiarities to our foreign guest from France – Mr. Michel.
The celebration of LGBT history month in June commemorates the Stonewall riots, which occurred near the end of June 1969 in New York City and are often considered the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement. As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights have gained visibility and progress in recent years, LGBT Pride Month has begun to receive recognition at the federal level. President Bill Clinton was the first to officially declare June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, issuing a proclamation on June 2, 2000. The Obama White House issued an annual proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, beginning in 2011, according to the White House archives.
The pleasant surprise for the group was the arrival of our American volunteer – Mr. Kelly. The group had a brief Q&A session with our foreign guests and practiced their conversational skills.
Participants number – 26 persons.
Moderator: T. Gavryliyuk.
Pictures: S.Usenko.

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