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Pressure builds on Serbia over gay pride ban

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  1. Goran Miletic, good for you! That’s the right attitude!

    If they succeed in banning you from being out in public, try not to let them stop you from gathering together in private.

    Gays gathering together in private is not permitted in extreme Muslim countries, but hopefully things won’t get that bad for you.

  2. “States should confront prejudice, not submit to it”

    Brilliantly put! Thank you, Navi Pillay.

  3. Can anyone tell me what Gay serbians look like

    1. They look quite similar to what gay Croatians look like apparently.

    2. That There Other David 5 Oct 2012, 3:07pm

      They look fabulous of course. All gays do apparently.

  4. GingerlyColors 5 Oct 2012, 6:51am

    It was with sadness that I heard that a gay pride of all things can end in a riot. What I fail to understand is why do people go out of their way to be offended? If they disagree with gay pride then they shouldn’t go along! I hope that the authorities in Belgrade can allow a gay pride to take place but it will be sometime before attitudes change for the better but change will come quicker if LGBT people are allowed to make their voices heard.
    In 1972 a group of gay men and lesbians including a young Peter Tatchell marched down London’s Oxford Street in what was effectively a protest march. The large police escort assigned to them was designed more to intimidate the marchers than protect them and they were greeted with curiousity, indifference and even hostility from the public. Nowadays London Pride is a major event supported by the police, public and major companies. The people of Belgrade have to start somewhere, just like London did 40 years ago.

  5. There needs to be a clear statement made to Serbia that until it respects the human rights and freedom of assembly for the gay community there, then Serbia’s EU accession application is suspended.

    The EU Enlargement Commissioner is a guy called Stefan Fule.

    Contact him directly to express your concern.

  6. Banning Gay Pride in any country is a ban on human rights. An indicator of the human rights standard of that country. On that basis they should not be allowed into the EU.

  7. Amber Thompson 5 Oct 2012, 2:43pm

    They gave in to the terrorists.

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