Montenegrin Gays Ready for First Pride Parade

Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from Balkan Insight:

The first Pride Parade in the Balkan country is to be held in the coastal resort of Budva on Wednesday.

Aleksandar Zekovic, of the LGBT forum Progress, has announced that the first Montenegrin Gay Pride will be held on Wednesday in front of the walls of Budva's old town.

"This is a good chance to test the political will, the capacity of the Police Administration, and the LGBT community itself," Zekovic said.

According to the organiser, the goal is to provide greater visibility for the LGBT community in the country.

He suggested that the attendance of "more than three persons" would mean that the parade was a success, but he expected the support of non-government sector and politicians, and guests from the region.

The Human Rights Minister, Suad Numanovic, has supported the event and has said that the government will send a representative to attend the rally.

Police Assistant Director Nikola Janjusevic said the police were undertaking all measures to ensure the safety of the participants.

Montenegro's first Gay Pride parade, organized by rights activist Zdravko Cimbaljevic, was to have taken place on May 31, 2011.

However, the march was cancelled following two attacks on gays in the capital, Podgorica, before the start of the event.

Ferhad Dinosa, then the Minister for Human and Minority Rights, was accused of making homophobic remarks and subsequently axed in late 2011.

In May, Montenegro’s Anti-Discrimination Council supported a draft strategy aimed at improving life for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals over the next five years.

Another Pride march is due to be held in Podgorica in October.

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