12 Jun 2018

Is being gay still okay in Croatia?

Croatian LGBTI activists tell their numerous opponents to "Mind your own business" before the Pride parade last weekend in Zagreb. 

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Why this story matters:

Human rights and civil freedoms are under increasing attack in Croatia.

2018 began with conservative groups burning posters of a picture book about same sex families, and continued with protests against ratification of the Istanbul Convention due to its supposed hidden agenda to legalize gay marriage and promote homosexuality in schools.

Part of the same right-wing package is, expectedly, a growing tendency to limit the rights of national minorities and a very noisy anti-abortion movement. 

These have left the Croatian LGBTI community feeling vulnerable.

Reasoned debate about respect for human rights doesn't work well with conservatives. So, "Mind your own business" is all there's really left to say.  Prior to this year's parade, Zagreb Pride published a declaration asking the Croatian public to refrain from making decisions in the name of LGBTI persons. 

And what a world it would be if everyone would just do that. 

Details from the story:

  • Since the first Croatian Pride parade was held in 2002, the position of LGBTI persons has significantly improved.
  • The Croatian LGBTI community has become much more visible and tolerated and even gained some legal rights (for example, the right to same-sex unions). 
  • The 17th Zagreb Pridemarch took place on June 9, 2018. 
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