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posted Friday, September 21, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 38
Serbia's Lesbian prime minister 'not wanted' at Pride, organizers say
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Serbia's Lesbian prime minister 'not wanted' at Pride, organizers say

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Serbia's Lesbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, is 'not wanted' at the country's Pride parade, LGBT activists say.

When Brnabic became prime minister last year - the first LGBT head of government in a Balkan country - she became an instant celebrity.

At the 2017 Pride parade in Belgrade, Serbia's capital, she was surrounded by supporters carrying placards saying 'Ana is here!' Dozens of Pride marchers swarmed around to take selfies with her.

Now she's been disinvited to the event.

According to BBC News, a group of Serbian LGBT activists has organized a 'Say No' campaign, aimed at excluding all politicians from Pride events.

The country's political leaders, Brnabic included, have done nothing to advance LGBT rights, activists charge, and they are not welcome at Pride.

Brnabic is the main target of their campaign, because her 'work on strengthening LGBT rights has been disappointing,' said a statement from the Gay and Lesbian Info Center (GLIC), the organization behind the campaign.

As a featured speaker at the 2017 Pride parade, Brnabic disappointed the crowd by telling them that LGBT rights would be addressed only after more pressing problems facing Serbia - inflation, pensions, and the standard of living - had been resolved.

'It was a scandalous statement,' Predrag Azdejkovic, the head of GLIC, told the BBC. Critical of the original group of Pride organizers for cooperating with government officials like Brnabic, Azdejkovic started a rival Pride parade in June. Its goal is to 'bring the gay march back to ordinary people and away from politicians.'

Azdejkovic says little has changed for Serbia's LGBT community since the bad old days of nationalist strong man Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s.

'They say: 'You have a gay prime minister, two parades, you should be content.' But it's all just made up,' Azdejkovic said.

For Serbia's LGBT community, everyday life is still marred by widespread - often violent -homophobia.

Serbia's first Pride parade in 2001 ended in violence when hundreds of right-wing hooligans attacked the peaceful march despite a heavy police presence. In 2010, about 100 people were injured when that year's march was also attacked in central Belgrade.

In the years that followed, the country's Interior Ministry refused to grant security clearance for the parade to take place. Only in 2014 did the marchers return to the streets, again with considerable police presence.

The government has adopted the Law Against Discrimination, which protects LGBT individuals, but cases rarely come to justice. A survey by the European Human Rights Association (EHRA) showed that 20% of same-sex couples in Belgrade are rejected when they trying to rent an apartment.

Another survey done by the EHRA showed that 90% of people in Serbia are against giving LGBT couples the right to adopt, while about 70% are against gay couples inheriting a partner's belongings after death.

Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Serbia.

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