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SERBIAN PRIDE 2014

Serbia is still a country where LGBT population is discriminated, although the law regulative is protecting them. Nevertheless theory is always different from practice, it witnesses paradox that Serbian health insurance covers sex-reassignment surgery but the society is against them.

Since 2001 there were attempts of organizing The Pride, most of them unsuccessful, ending violently as extreme right-wing organizations were trying to sabotage it.

28th September 2014 is a historical day for Serbia and Serbian LGBT community as the first Pride was finally successfully organized. When I say successfully I mean that participants managed to march their planed route through Belgrade, holding peace banners, rainbow flags, colorful balloons, dancing to the music and peacefully protesting without being afraid for their lives.

But the fact that there were more police officers than the participants of Pride makes situation a bit different. Five police officers on one participant is not something that we should be proud of and it is certainly not a proof that LGBT community is secure in Serbia.

Furthermore, The Serbian Orthodox Church is strictly against gay and lesbian rights. As a way of expressing their disagreement, Serbian Orthodox Church rang church bells during the entire gathering which made a situation comical.

 Even though the majority has a negative attitude there are also numerous people who are supporting LGBT society. The hero of this Pride was 73 years old granny who was a part of the crowd.

When she was asked about gay and lesbian rights she answered “Oh I’m always on the side of minorities, on the last census I said I was Roma but I’m not”.

However, when we compare it with the last years when every gathering ended by beating up the participants and shouting “Death to homosexuals” we can say that this one was successful. Also, this was the most numerous gathering of LGBT community ever in Serbia. 

All things considered it is a big step forward for building-up civilization values and European integrations. If Serbia continues progressing in this way, we can expect that one day LGBT people will become equal members of Serbian society.

Written by Milana Milovac 

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