Ukrainian writer Larysa Denysenko says she is the victim of a “21st century witch hunt” after having to withdraw from a literary festival in the city of Lviv where she was to discuss her children’s book featuring same-sex parents.
She told the Dzerkalo Tyzhnya newspaper that the city authorities received a letter from 15 radical nationalist groups warning of “having to take all possible measures” to halt the session about the book Maya and Her Mummies at the high-profile Publishers’ Forum, because it was “destructive propaganda for non-traditional values”.
The Forum printed a scan of the letter on its website, and said it had received other threats on social media as well.
Ms Denysenko said that neither the Forum nor the police were able to guarantee security at the presentation, due to take place in a children’s library, so she agreed to cancel the event out of a “sense of personal responsibility for children’s safety”.
She added that accusations of propaganda were nonsense, as the book argued for the primacy of love and tolerance, not for one sort of family arrangement or another.
“I get the impression that these people haven’t read the book. And what are ‘standard values’ in a country where so many single mothers have to raise children on their own?” she said.
The Lviv newspaper Vysokyy Zamok agreed, saying the book told 17 stories about children from ethnic…