The transformation of a Soviet-era monument in Kiev into "the world's largest man-made rainbow" was meant to trumpet Ukraine's willingness to celebrate diversity as it hosts the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, a dispute with far-right groups over the decision to color in the arch has highlighted a prevalence of homophobic attitudes despite the Western-backed government's pledge to promote LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender) rights. On April 27, members of the conservative nationalist Right Sector group staged a protest at the 30-metre-(100-foot)-high "Friendship of Nations" arch in the center of Kiev, saying its rebranding amounted to "gay propaganda". Their demonstration halted work on the monument, leaving its gray steel frame only partly covered in multi-colored stripes.
May 4 / US News and World Report