Finally they made it, blood free and violence free. Serbian citizens proved that “human being and fish can co-exist peacefully” (George W. Bush). About 40 members of the LGBT population marked the International Pride Day in Belgrade downtown on Wednesday, 27. June 2012. The participants carried banners and rainbow flags and released balloons in downtown Belgrade. It was also marked by flying the rainbow flag at a building housing the ombudsman’s office. The manifestation’s slogan “Silence will not stop us” pointed to everyday lives of the LGBT population. Belgrade Pride representative Boban Stanković believes that the new Serbian government would, due to its pro-European orientation, be more open toward the LGBT population. Today’s manifestation was organized in order to commemorate Stonewall riots when members of the LGBT community stood up to a police raid on June 27-28, 1969 in New York.
Photographs: Nemanja Jovanović and Saša Čolić © Kamerades