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European Parliament overwhelmingly adopts reports condemning LGBT situation in Serbia and Kosovo

The European Parliament today overwhelmingly adopted two progress reports which condemned the treatment of LGBT people in Serbia and Kosovo and recommended the two countries improve the situation. A report on each of the two countries was adopted by the parliament today. On Serbia, the report “strongly condemns the authorities’ decision to ban the planned… Read more »

Gay Pride Ban In Serbia Sparks Spontaneous March

A spontaneous march took place in Belgrade, Serbia after the government announced its decision to ban a gay pride march for the third consecutive year. According to several reports, dozens of LGBT rights activists gathered in front of the prime minister’s office after learning that the parade, originally scheduled for Saturday, had been called off.… Read more »

Serbian gay rights activists say to march despite threats

Belgrade (Reuters) – Gay rights activists in Serbia said they expected to hold their first Pride march in three years on Saturday, undeterred by the risk of violence from right-wing nationalists who rioted during the last such event in 2010. Authorities in the former Yugoslav republic banned the march for the past two years after… Read more »

Serbian Rightists Threaten Gay Parade Carnage

Right-wing nationalists warn of a repeat of the street bloodshed seen in 2010 if the government allows a Gay Pride Parade to take place in Belgrade on September 28. “If we let this [parade] happen, they will as soon as tomorrow ask for legalization of their marriages, and then ask for the right to adopt… Read more »

Serbia: Right-wing group promises to spy on new LGBT centre

The first LGBT community centre to open in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, has become the target of surveillance by nationalists who claim they are out to protect the neighbourhood from “prostitution”. Balkan Insight reports that right-wing group SNP NASI has pledged to obtain evidence of criminal activity taking place at Belgrade. The group specifically claims… Read more »

Serbia to consider giving gay couples legal rights

Right to inherit pensions from long term partners is among the rights proposed by new law Serbia’s parliament will be presenting a draft law on giving same-sex legal rights at a public hearing on 4 June. It will introduce the right of inheritance for gay couples who have lived together for a long time. Balkan… Read more »

Pillay Urges Serbia To Allow LGBT Parade, Confront Prejudice Against Minorities

Geneva / Belgrade – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday regretted the decision by Serbian authorities to ban all public gatherings scheduled for this Saturday. She urged them to facilitate the rescheduling of a pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that was planned for Saturday, instead… Read more »

Serbian Film Promotes Tolerance Of Gays. Will It Fly With Fellow Slavs In Russia?

Moscow – The first third of Srdzhan Dragoevich’s new film, The Parade, will bring a smile to even the gloomiest of faces. It’s a silly, rude comedy that is meant to be fun for the viewers. It is also very much a film with a message about tolerance for homosexuals, as well as for those… Read more »

Police ban gay-pride march in Belgrade for 2d year

Belgrade, Serbia – Serbia’s police on Wednesday banned a gay-pride march in Belgrade, citing security concerns but also complying with a request from Serbia’s Christian Orthodox Church. Police said they were banning the march planned for Saturday because they feared a repeat of the violence in 2010, when right-wing groups attacked a gay-pride event in… Read more »

Serbia Becomes a Hub for Sex-Change Surgery

Belgrade, Serbia — Twenty years ago, newspapers here jeered that transsexuality was an act against God. Today, people are coming from around the world to Serbia for sex change operations, which are now subsidized for Serbs by national health insurance. “It is surprising that a conservative, patriarchal country is becoming a center for sex change… Read more »

Serbia: “The ‘Accidental’ Belgrade Pride”

Amila Bosnae interviews Boban Stojanovic, one of the organizers of the “accidental” gay pride parade in Belgrade – which went without incidents: “There were just over 50 of us. You see, this wasn’t a real Pride, but a small street action. We’re happy with it because as activists, we always remember the words of Margaret… Read more »

Bulgaria gay parade peaceful, despite provocations

A gay pride march in the Bulgarian capital Sofia stayed peaceful Saturday, but homosexuality remains a sensitive issue across the Balkans. Istanbul, Turkey – A Pride Parade in Bulgaria passed without threatened violence yesterday, but homosexuality remains a sensitive issue across the Balkans. In the weeks before, fears of violence had been stoked by provocative… Read more »

Croatia Gay Pride march held under heavy security

Split, Croatia(Reuters) – Hundreds of people in the Croatian city of Split marched in a Gay Pride parade held on Saturday under heavy security to avoid a repeat of last year’s violence. About 500 people, including some government ministers, took part in the march, police said, with around 900 policemen patrolling it. Participants said this… Read more »

Croatia Gives Split Gay Pride Heavy Police Guard

Interior Ministry is deploying 900 police to secure Saturday’s Gay Pride parade in the coastal city – three times the number of expected participants. The Dalmatian city of Split woke up on Friday decorated with knitted rainbow flags in preparation for the gay march due to kick off on Saturday afternoon. Some 900 officers, including… Read more »

Croatian city of Split divided over gay pride after violent clashes

Split authorities force change to LGBT pride route after attacks last year. Gay organizers will appeal in court Authorities in the Croatian city of Split should allow the local gay pride march to stick to its route and make sure it is properly protected, Human Rights Watch has said today (31 May). Last year’s pride… Read more »

Slovenia Repeals Gay Adoption Law

Slovenian voters on Sunday repealed a law that would have allowed a gay person to adopt the biological children of a partner, the AP reported. The country’s previous center-left government last year approved a family law which included the right. The law also gave gay couples in a registered partnership, available since 2006, many of… Read more »

‘I Made a Film for Homophobes’

Spiegel Online: Mr. Dragojevic, you’ve indicated that making this film was your civic responsibility. What do you mean by that? Dragojevic: I know that sounds somewhat ostentatious. I firmly believe that art can change people’s attitudes. For this reason I make films for the so-called man on the street. Many filmmakers, especially in the big… Read more »

Relentless Homophobia Rages in the Balkans

“Be IN-tolerant! Be normal!”, appeals a poster that recently flooded the streets of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. As the first gay pride parade in Bulgaria is about to take place, amid strong opposition by nationalistic organisations and a large part of society, the high levels of persistent homophobia in the country and the Balkans as… Read more »