LGBTI+ community holds first Pride Parade in Novi Sad

The northern Serbian city of Novi Sad held its first Pride Parade on May 17, marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia. 

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Why this story matters:

The Pride Info Center in Belgrade has been attacked several times since it was opened last year. Serbian media reported that a 40-year-old Serbian man killed himself as a result of homophobic bullying at his workplace. 

According to the 2015 poll of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), 38 percent of Serbians believe homosexuality is an illness. Amnesty International criticized Serbian governments in 2014 for not tackling homophobia and transphobia, and several LGBTI+ Pride marches were cancelled because of threats from homophobic groups. 

On May 17, a small group of people came to protest against Novi Sad Pride Parade, the first one taking place outside of the capital of Belgrade. But besides minor incidents, the event has been organized successfully. 

Details from the story:

  • May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia. On that day, LGBTI+ activists around the world organize public events to raise awareness about LGBTI+ rights. 
  • Novi Sad Pride is part of the Novi Sad Pride Week, which began on May 13. 
  • With this event, the organizers wanted to raise the visibility of LGBTI+ community. 

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