“Pleshka” is the name of the meeting places, cruising spots of homosexual men. This name was born during Soviet Union time. Pleshkas existed in almost all major cities of the Soviet Union. There gays had the opportunity to meet, socialize and find a sexual partner. Usually pleshkas were located in urban parks and gardens, near the public toilets. The first data on Kyiv "pleshka" date back to the early twentieth century. Vladimir Hill, Hydropark, Khreshchatyk, Shevchenko Park, the Mariinsky park and the park near the stadium Dynamo were among the most famous Kyiv’s plyeshkys. Now, with the development of the Internet and mobile dating applications, pleshkys are rather archaic and unpopular.
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