Candidates for MPs visited GSA

Belgrade, 10.03.2014.

As part of its campaign “Your voice, your tomorrow”, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) was initiated and organized today at its headquarters a meeting of candidates for MPs from different lists and activists dealing with human rights of LGBT people.


This meeting was historic in many ways, as never before in election campaigns has happened that candidates for MPs officially meet with LGBT activists, as well as to come into the office of some LGBT organizations to discuss the problems of the LGBT population just a few days before the election, which is certainly a big step forward of some political parties in relation to this issue.

GSA invited pro-European political parties participating in national elections to the meeting as follows: Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) , Democratic Party (DS) , Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) , Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) , a coalition around New Democratic Party (NDS) , Social Democratic Party of Serbia (SDP) , United Regions of Serbia (URS) and a list of “It’s been enough” (“Dosta je bilo”) . Topics of the meeting were related to the human rights of LGBT persons and priorities that need to be implemented in the future; GSA invited to a meeting several other LGBT organizations engaged in different activities.

The meeting were attended, on behalf of their political parties, by Vladimir Todorić from DS (coalition “With the Democratic Party for democratic Serbia”), Judita Popović from LDP (coalition “Čedomir Jovanović  – LDP, BDZS, SDU”) and Aleksandar Jovanović from LSV (coalition “Boris Tadić – NDS-Zeleni, LSV, ZZS, VMDK, ZZV, DLR”). Beside leadership and activists of Gay Straight Alliance, the meeting were attended by representatives of other LGBT organizations, Duga from Šabac , Labris , Gay Lesbian Info Center, Association LGBT Novi Sad and Hestia, the organization for the rights of transgender people.

“GSA is an organization recognized by the activities in the political space, which fosters a culture of dialogue and always strives to achieve a broader consensus on issues important to the LGBT community. Every political and public support is very important to the LGBT people in Serbia. I’m sorry that the other party did not respond to our invitation, but you who are here with us today show that to you and your parties care equally for all citizens in our country and for the better life of LGBT persons”, said the Lazar Pavlović, president of GSA , in the beginning of the meeting, thanking everyone who came.

Vladimir Todorić, in his statement to Beta news agency (Beta) – which covered this meeting as media – said that more work is needed, but also courage, in order to improve the situation of LGBT population in Serbia. He also said that, unfortunately, is still more normal that parents give up their son or daughter with a different sexual orientation than if he or she is a criminal or murderer. “DS invites all LGBT people to be with us at all public meetings we organized. They are more than welcome. They are not only our voters, but our fellow citizens, and we need to fight together with them”, Todorić said.

Judita Popović told to Beta that Serbia has Anti-Discrimination Law and quite oppressive Criminal Code, but despite this, the question of whether there will be held the Pride Parade is raised every year, which is unacceptable. “LDP believes that it is time for applying of these laws and that society also give their contribution, and we can only do this by changing the consciousness of citizens and if more work on educating and promoting tolerance. We are working on the recovery of the society, because we are morally ruined society”, Judita Popović said.

Aleksandar Jovanović said that the LSV has always reacted where human rights had been violated, because he believes that all citizens should be equal. “Without equality we cannot build a normal society”, he said, adding that the LSV does not have a program document that deals exclusively with the rights of the LGBT population , but for the party everyone is equal, and no one’s rights must not be violated , and so of the LGBT population. “We will always defend it because without it we are entering into the society in which all of us will eventually be wrong. Anyone who is loyal and law-abiding citizen, should have the same rights as everyone else”, Jovanović concluded.

The issue of implementation of existing laws was most discussed on the meeting, where all of the participants agreed that it takes more and more systematic work on this issue. In addition to this, questions of activists to candidates for MPs were subjected to the legal regulation of same-sex partnerships, which were supported by all present candidates; to the relation between the LDP and BDZS when it comes to LGBT rights; to the broadening the agenda regarding LGBT rights outside of the Pride Parade framework; to the work of political parties on spreading tolerance towards the LGBT community in the field, i.e. in their local committees; to the issue of the position of transgender people; to the concrete solutions that parties offer when it comes to improving the position of the LGBT community; but also when openly declared LGBT person will be candidates for MPs on their lists, given that this has not been the case so far.

Source: Beta news agency, Info Center GSA
Photo: GSA

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 (, and on the social networks Facebook ( and Twitter (