Podgorica Pride passes peacefully
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Podgorica Pride passes peacefully

The first LGBT pride march in Podgorica, capital of Montenegro, ended peacefully Sunday. See a brief video from today’s march here. Amid heightened security, several hundred participants carried banners and rainbow flags, and blew whistles on the city’s streets. The chief organizer, Daneijel Kalezic, told marchers that gay people would “not give up” until homosexuals … Continue reading

Montenegro prepares for Pride
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Montenegro prepares for Pride

The Montenegrin Government has pledged to deploy more than two thousand police officers to ensure public safety during Sunday’s Podgorica Pride Parade after the country’s first ever pride march was violently attacked by hundreds of thugs in the resort town of Budva in July. Montenegro will deploy more than two thousand police to protect the … Continue reading

Opinion: The cyclical farce of Serbian gay pride
balkans / pride / serbia

Opinion: The cyclical farce of Serbian gay pride

(Source: Balkan Insight) Not for the first time, the government is trying to have it both ways – pleasing extremists by banning this year’s Gay Pride, and pleasing the EU by pledging it can go head next year. By Christian Axboe Nielsen, BIRN, Denmark On 27 September 2013, the Serbian government announced the cancellation, for the second … Continue reading

Christian Right: “Victory in Belgrade”
balkans / homophobia / pride / religion / serbia

Christian Right: “Victory in Belgrade”

The World Congress of Families, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, is hailing the official ban of Serbia’s main Pride Parade as a “victory in Belgrade” in the fight for the “natural family in Serbia.” The World Congress credited Serbia’s right-wing Christian “Dveri” movement with leading the successful opposition to this year’s Pride – the third consecutive … Continue reading

Serbian ombudsman slams Pride ban
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Serbian ombudsman slams Pride ban

BELGRADE — Saša Janković says the state had no right to ban anyone from exercising their constitutional rights because someone else was threatening them with violence.  The citizens’ ombudsman added that the state “has the right to call its ban reasonable.” Commenting on last week’s decision to cancel the Belgrade Pride Parade due to security … Continue reading