LGBT organization intends to sue Filaret

Head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko. Photo:

The NGO “Insight LGBTQ” intends to sue the head of the UOC-KP for his remarks about same-sex marriages and coronavirus.

On March 23, 2020, the Ukrainian public organization Insight LGBTQ NGO, which protects the rights of the LGBT community, said that it intends to sue the head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko.

"The public organization Insight LGBTQ is suing Patriarch Filaret, who claims that same-sex marriages are the reason for the emergence and spread of the coronavirus epidemic," the organization explained on its Facebook page.

In the text of the statement, Filaret was called "Honorary Patriarch of the OCU”.

"We believe that Honorary Patriarch of the OCU Filaret, being a public person, has a great influence on people belonging to the religious community. And his words can be an incitement to discrimination," stressed the Insight LGBTQ NGO.

They said that the organization's lawyers are already working on a lawsuit against Filaret. The organization's employees fear violence against gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexuals.

"We consider such statements unacceptable at all times, and the dissemination of false, blatantly discriminatory information by a public person now, during the pandemic, can cause a wave of hate-based violence against LGBT communities," said employees of Insight LGBTQ NGO.

Earlier, the head of the UOC-KP stated that same-sex marriages were one of the causes of the coronavirus pandemic.

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