Montenegro Pride goers call for less violence in the country
Over 200 people turned out for Pride in Montenegro today.
Ralliers called for the eradication of violence against LGBTQ+ people and an increase in rights in the country.
The event, which took place in the capital of Podgorica, was themed “with chivalry against violence”.
Police sealed off the route to protect the marchers who held signs championing the LGBTQ+ community.
Daniel Kalezic, an organiser of the Pride event, told The Associated Press that they were pushing for lawmakers in the government to treat hate crimes with proper punishment.
Kalezic insisted that anti-LGBTQ attacks are often treated as “ordinary fistfights”.
It is the fifth successful Pride to be held in the country, although past marches were marred by counter-demonstrators.
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The Balkan country is known for having highly conservative attitudes towards the LGBTQ community, with one survey finding that 71% of people there consider homosexuality to be a disease and 58% believe it to be “very dangerous for society”.
The government in Montenegro has recently made moves to support the LGBTQ community as it prepares to seek membership in the European Union.
Here are some of the best shots from Montenegro Pride 2017.