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The author of a lesbian book says she is the victim of ‘a 21st-century witch hunt’

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An author has been forced to pull out of a literary festival after her book featuring lesbian parents was met with outrage from homophobic far-right groups.

Larysa Denysenko, a UN Goodwill Ambassador who wrote Maya And Her Mums, has said she is the victim of a “21st-century witch hunt”.

15 ultra-nationalist groups sent a letter to city authorities in Lviv, Ukraine, warning that they would “take all possible measures” to stop her appearance.

(Facebook/Larysa Denysenko)
(Facebook/Larysa Denysenko)

They said their actions were justified because her book was “destructive propaganda for non-traditional values”.

Organisers at the high-profile Publishers’ Forum cancelled Denysenko’s session because they decided her safety could not be guaranteed.

LGBT people in Ukraine still face hatred on a regular basis.

Earlier this year, https://thepinknews.com/2017/06/19/thousands-attend-pride-in-ukraine-despite-death-threats/organisers of Kyiv Pride faced death threats before the march, which still attracted 2,500 people despite the presence of far-right protesters.

Denysenko’s book incorporates 17 different kinds of families, involving a child conceived through artificial insemination, migrant parents and the child of a divorced couple – as well as lesbian parents.

The author wrote on Facebook: “Throughout my professional life, I oppose violence and advocate tolerance.

“It is precisely this attitude, according to at least 15 ultra-right-wing organisations and the Church, that marks me as a 21st-century witch.”

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(Publishers' Forum)
The ultra-nationalists’ letter (Publishers’ Forum)

The author condemned the extremist backlash, pouring scorn on her detractors.

“I get the impression that these people haven’t read the book,” she said.

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