Tadić: I still support Pride, but I paid an enormous political price because of it in 2010.

Belgrade, 12.02.2014.

Gay Straight Alliance’s (GSA; Alliance) activists attended a press conference which took place in Belgrade’s Media center, following the signing of a coalition agreement between the New Democratic Party (NDS), Together for Serbia (ZZS) and the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV).Boris-Tadić-NDSGSA activist Milica Radović used this opportunity to ask Boris Tadić, the leader of the NDS, to express his and his party’s stance on LGBT human rights, and whether his party would take any concrete actions in bettering the position of LGBT population in Serbia, in case they win the elections.

Tadić stated that this issue was something he was always open about. „The only time, in the whole history of Serbia’s fight for the rights of sexual minorities, when representatives of your Alliance could voice their opinions and walk freely through the streets of Belgrade, despite of all risks, was when we were in power“, Tadić pointed out, and added that he paid an enormous political price as a consequence of this. Supporting Pride, as well as protecting identity issues of all Serbian citizens, is something he refuses to give up, Tadić noted.

Tadić pointed out that minority issues are guaranteed by the United Nation’s Charters. His opinion was that these issues are part of identity issues and, as such, should be put into a broader context, because this was the only adequate approach in fighting for human rights. “Identity politics were one of the two main factors of the politics I led throughout my life, and that is the reason, don’t mind me saying, why my policy, inter alia, was “both Kosovo and Europe”. Kosovo is an identity issue, as far as I’m concerned, not a dominant state issue, as other politicians make it out to be. If I’m fighting for identity rights of ethnical minorities, I’m also fighting for the identity of my people in Kosovo. This applies to the entire region and we won’t give up on the identity politics. We won’t give up on the identity politics of regions in Serbia, such as those of the people of Šumadija, Vojvodina, and all others. However, by doing this, we don’t plan on putting Serbia’s state politics in question“, Tadić concluded.

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Photo: Medija Centar

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) has started another campaign in this election cycle for the upcoming Serbian parliamentary elections – the new campaign is called “Your vote, your tomorrow“. The campaign’s goal is to make political parties and groups participating in the elections take a public stance on questions regarding human rights, including the rights of LGBT people, as well as to include these issues in their pre-election programmes and platforms, offering concrete solutions for reducing violence, discrimination and homophobia. Another aim of the campaign is to invite LGBT people, as well as their parents, relatives, friends and other citizens to vote for those political options which, among other things, advocate for improving the status of LGBT people, for equality and respect of human and minority rights.
Through various activities, GSA aims to offer LGBT people and all other citizens, a clear insight into the attitudes of all relevant political parties and coalitions, regarding LGBT human rights. GSA’s campaign “Your vote, your tomorrow“ will mostly take part on the Internet and through social networks, and all interested citizens will be able to follow the campaign on GSA’s website in the column Elections 2014 (www.en.gsa.org.rs/elections-2014), and on the social networks Facebook (www.facebook.com/GSAlijansa) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/GSAlijansa).