Project “Together for LGBT Equality” begins

The project “Together for LGBT Equality“ brings together five non-governmental organisations that deal with different fields of human and LGBT rights in Serbia, and they are: Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) as the project coordinator, Gay Lesbian Info Center (GLIC), Center for Queer Studies (CKS), Loud & Queer and Q-club. Outside project partners include EXIT from Novi Sad and Dom Omladine in Belgrade, as well as cultural institutions in several Serbian cities.

The aims of the project “Together for LGBT Equality“ are: to contribute towards reducing prejudice against LGBT people; to promote the principles of equality and non-violence and the need for reducing discrimination; to influence the wider social community in a positive manner; and to draw attention to the significance of tolerance, equality and respect for diversity. The project will do this through numerous different activities (film screenings, promotion of cultural creativity of LGBT people, interactive street actions and performances, distribution of brochures and informative magazines, organisation of panel discussions and promotional parties, and similar).

The project will be realised during June in several Serbian cities, including Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Niš, Zrenjanin and others. First project activities are planned for 8 June in Novi Sad, while the final activities will take place in Belgrade from 23 to 29 June, and they include celebrating Pride Day on 27 June with a performance and several panel discussions which will feature eminent speakers.

This project is part of the programme “Human Rights Calendar“ realised by the Directorate for Human and Minority Rights of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, Public Administration and Local Self-Government, for the improvement and protection of human rights in Serbia. The programme dedicates each month of the year, or marks it with a series of activities, in order to improve the status of a certain group/minority (women, national minority, children and youth, refugees and internally displaced persons, people with disabilities, LGBT population, etc.) and to promote values and principles of the inalienability of fundamental human rights. The choice of a field or topic is governed by international holidays of the United Nations and other holidays that are kept at an international level.

June was chosen as the month of LGBT rights on account of the international Pride Day which is celebrated in memory of the so-called Stonewall Revolution in 1969, when LGBT people offered resistance to a police raid in New York, and these protests mark the beginning of today’s LGBT movement.

The project “Together for LGBT Equality“ is financed through the above-mentioned programme by the Directorate for Human and Minority Rights in the amount of 1,300,060 dinars and by the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade in the amount of 700,000 dinars.

The promotion of project activities will mostly take place on the Internet, through websites of the organisations which are participating in the project, as well as through social networks Facebook and Twitter (Twitter hashtag #zajedno).

In addition, we would like to emphasise that, contrary to previous claims by some media, this project is in no way connected to the upcoming Pride Parade, and furthermore, the organisations which are implementing this project do not participate in organizing the Parade.

Info Centre GSA