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September 28, 2014

'Belgrade is an open city, which means it is open to all and that everyone here is equal'

For the first time in four years, there was a gay pride parade in Belgrade.

The march for equality took place today, 28 September, after getting approval yesterday from Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 15, 2014

The men attacked a German activist after he attended an LGBTI rights conference

Three men arrested in connection to an attack on a gay rights activist in Belgrade have been caught on CCTV.

The 26-year-old German man, who has only been identified as DH, was hit over the head with a glass ashtray early on Saturday morning after he attended an LGBTI rights conference in the Serbian capital organised by lesbian group Labris.

His attackers shouted, 'We don't want foreigners in Belgrade!' 

September 15, 2014

The men attacked a German activist after he attended an LGBTI rights conference

Three men arrested in connection to an attack on a gay rights activist in Belgrade have been caught on CCTV.

The 26-year-old German man, who has only been identified as DH, was hit over the head with a glass ashtray early on Saturday morning after he attended an LGBTI rights conference in the Serbian capital organised by lesbian group Labris.

His attackers shouted, 'We don't want foreigners in Belgrade!' 

May 23, 2014

LGBTI campaigners in Serbia cancelled IDAHO and Pride Week to volunteer for flood relief work

LGBTI rights campaigners have ditched Pride Week to come to the rescue of the flooding victims in Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Europe’s Balkans region has been faced with its worst natural disaster in 120 years with floods killing people and animals and destroying homes, crops and businesses.

Now Gayten-LGBT, one of the region’s leading lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex organizations, has revealed how its members are trying to help.

February 25, 2014

Man confesses to killing a 29-year-old trans woman, burying her in a vineyard where he worked, and stealing her valuables and fleeing to Serbia

A man has admitted to shooting his trans girlfriend in the chest in Turkey.

Police discovered the 29-year-old body of Sevdar Başar yesterday (24 February), buried in a vineyard in the southeastern city of Antep.

She was only discovered when her boyfriend Ethem Orhan, who had fled to Serbia with her valuables, confessed to the crime.

He admitted to promising her with marriage and a future, before beating her and shooting her with a hunting rifle and burying her in the vineyard he worked at last week.

November 7, 2013

Serbian X Factor judge and former Eurovision entrant Željko Joksimović criticized for transphobic attack on a Macedonian singer

When a Serbian X Factor judge attacked a contestant for being transgender she sang her response: ‘I am beautiful, no matter what they say.’

The amazing moment, her talent and her beauty won the hearts of the other three judges and the crowd – who rewarded her for saying she was trans with a spontaneous round of applause.

But LGBTI activists in Serbia have criticized the attack by the X Factor judge and former Eurovision contestant Željko Joksimović.

October 20, 2013

Anti-gay protestors throw stones and firecrackers at police who were protecting the first gay pride parade in Montenegro's capital

The police in Podgorica used tear gas against opponents of the city's first ever gay pride parade.

According to the Associated Press, dozens of attackers tried to push through the hundreds of police who were protecting participants in Sunday's (20 October) march.

October 17, 2013

The first gay Frenchman and Moroccan to try and get married have been refused over a decades old agreement between the two countries

A French-Moroccan couple have been banned from marrying in France.

The couple, only identified as Dominique, 55, and Mohammed, a younger student visiting from Morocco, hoped to get married in Chambery on 11 October.

When France legalized gay marriage in May, agreements were signed with several countries banning any ex-patriots from several countries from marrying under the new law.

These were Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo.

October 14, 2013

Study finds 63% of homosexual youths talk about suicidal thoughts while this number is only 23.9% among straight people

Almost one in 10 young gay Serbian men are considering suicide and 4% have developed a plan to kill themselves.

That’s according to new research released by Jelena Srdanović Maraš, a doctor of medical psychology, reports EurActiv.rs.

In Serbia, 9% of homosexual young boys aged between 18 and 26 are currently thinking about suicide.

And she says the 4% who have developed a ‘suicide plan’ are directly at risk.

October 8, 2013

A 29-year-old was kidnapped from his boyfriend’s side, bundled into a car, put through religious rites to ‘cure’ him and found five days later in his family home

Four kidnappers took a young Serbian man from the home he shared with his gay partner, apparently on orders from his family.

MM, aged 29, was bound, put in a car, driven across the border into Montenegro and put through religious rites to ‘cure’ him of being gay.

He was held for a total of five days.

AA, aged 22, alleges a man came to the house where he lives with his boyfriend at 8am on 30 September – a Monday morning. His partner, MM, had already left for work.

October 4, 2013

Under pressure from the Council of Europe, President Tomislav Nikolić promises a secure gay pride, despite ban this year

Serbia’s president has promised Belgrade will have a pride next year – but LGBT organizers remain skeptical.

Speaking at the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, Tomislav Nikolić claimed the event was banned this year because people might have been killed or injured.

But Nikolić also promised to allow Belgrade Pride to go ahead this year and failed to deliver.

And his comments come after Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, who is also Minister of Internal Affairs, said ‘homosexuality is not normal and natural’.

October 1, 2013

Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic has said preparations for Belgrade Pride in 2014 should begin immediately after his country’s national security Bureau banned the event for the third year in a row

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has warned that banning LGBT pride events may damage his country’s efforts to join the European Union after authorities banned the 2013 Belgrade Pride march which was due to be held on Saturday.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic announced Friday that the march could not go ahead after police warned that far right extremists were stockpiling weapons to attack marchers like they did in 2010 – the last time an LGBT pride march was attempted in Serbia.

September 27, 2013

Organizers of Serbia’s Belgrade Pride won’t know until after 4pm today whether they will be allowed to march tomorrow for the first time in three years

Serbia’s Bureau for Coordination of Security Services will meet at 4pm today to decide whether Saturday’s Belgrade Pride march can go ahead.

Organizers say they have made all preparations for the march, but cannot rule out a last minute ban by the government which has been sending hot and cold signals about the event – which has been banned since 2010 after far right thugs rioted in the city, injuring 78 police officers.

September 5, 2013

Ambassadors from 15 countries have written to Serbia’s Prime Minister asking to ensure a safe and peaceful Belgrade Pride can go ahead

The Netherlands Ambassador to Serbia and 14 other ambassadors have called on the Serbian Government to ensure that Belgrade Pride Week events can be held safely and peacefully.

Ambassador Laurent Stokvis sent a statement in support of Belgrade Pride on behalf of the Dutch embassy to Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic.

July 2, 2013

LGBT people from 10 countries, who could potentially travel to France to get married, would be barred from doing so

Over 15 million LGBT people are banned from same-sex marriage in France, it was revealed today (2 July).

France has signed agreements with several countries saying any ex-patriots would be banned from marrying under the new ‘Marriage for All’ law.

The 10 countries are Algeria, Bosnia & Herzigovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo.

May 29, 2013

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 Insight reports if the law is passed, an LGBT citizen will inherit the pension of a late partner in the case of death. Partners will also be allowed to visit one another in hospital as ‘immediate family’ members.

April 25, 2013

Ahead of his coverage on Eurovision for BBC3, gay Radio One DJ Scott Mills tells GSN he wants to see former Sun glamor model Samantha Fox, sing in the competition for the UK in 2014

For the uninitiated, the Eurovision Song Contest is the continent’s most baffling contribution to culture. Some countries take it super-seriously, others (step forward the UK) treat it as a bit of a joke and, as a result, tend to lose. Embarrassingly. For Europe’s gays meanwhile, Eurovision – good or bad – is the perfect excuse for a party.

April 22, 2013

MEPs recommend the EU keeps track on treatment of LGBT rights in Turkey, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia before they join the union

The European Parliament have told five Balkan countries how they should improve gay and trans rights if they are to join the EU.

Members of the parliament (MEPs) recommended the EU looks at how LGBT rights are received in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Turkey and Kosovo.

The MEPs have to vote on the reports on each country, to make them parliamentary resolutions. In the past, right-wing parliamentarians have asked to remove paragraphs on LGBT issues from the reports but this was the first time no such request was made.

January 10, 2013

A court in Novi Sad, Serbia has delivered the country's first ever verdict against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace

A court in the city of Novi Sad in northern Serbia made legal history after it fined a man for discriminating against his gay colleague.

The court ordered the man, known only by his initials D.K., to pay the 25 year-old gay plaintiff 180,00 dinars ( 1,700) for causing moral damages and violating his personal rights, reputation and honour, according to the portal Balkan Insight.

December 18, 2012

Guests at Kosovo 2.0 magazine's Night of Sex event in Pristina allegedly beaten and sprayed with teargas by anti-gay hooligans

Thugs attacked the launch of a magazine's gay issue in the Balkan city of Pristina, allegedly beating guests and throwing teargas.

The event on Friday (14 December) to celebrate Kosovo 2.0 magazine's latest issue exploring sex and sexuality was targeted twice by a group of hooligans who eyewitnesses claim were Muslim.

October 11, 2012

Eastern European countries, including Serbia and Turkey, criticized over LGBT discrimination and abuse

Poor gay rights records mean EU hopefuls in Eastern Europe still 'fall short' of what is required to become member states.

The European Commission’s annual reports on accession countries, published yesterday (10 October), revealed that several nations were still lagging behind when it came to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

According to the study, Macedonia‘s anti-discrimination laws still fall short of EU standards in relation to sexual orientation.

October 5, 2012

After fears of riots from right-wing thugs, the Serbian government has received criticism for not protecting its LGBT people

The banning of Belgrade Gay Pride may damage Serbia’s chance of entry into the European Union, according to EU officials.

The event was stopped in the Eastern European country, which was due to take place tomorrow (6 October), for fear of riots and threats of violence from right-wing thugs.