Contest for the 2013/14 “Rainbow” Award opened

Belgrade, 17.04.2014.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) announces that it has opened a contest for the “Rainbow” Award for the 2013/14. The award called “Rainbow” (“Duga” in Serbian language) was established by GSA and from the previous year it is awarded each May 17th on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) for the contribution to the fight against homophobia and transphobia, and protection and promotion of LGBT rights in Serbia in the past year.

DUGA-nagrada-logo-1Contest for the “Rainbow” Award for the 2013/14 is public and it involves those who from May 17th 2013, to the date of the contest deadline, with their work, commitment, performance and results contributed to decreasing homophobia and transphobia, protection and promotion of human rights of LGBT persons, improvement of status and quality of life of LGBT people and the promotion of equality and tolerance towards the LGBT community. The competition is open until May 9th 2014, and more on the contest requirements and nomination procedures can be found on a special web page

As last year, the winner will be chosen by independent juries, who consist of eminent and successful individuals from various fields like media, academic community, national and international organizations etc. Besides GSA activists, the jury will also include the activists of other organizations that deal with LGBT rights, as well as representatives of the previous winners of the “Rainbow” Award.

The “Rainbow” Award for the 2013/14 will be chosen by jury in a slightly different composition compared to last year, and they are: Mr Ivan Cvejić, Editor in Chief of news agency Beta; Ms Jovana Gligorijević, journalist from weekly newspapers Vreme; Mr Novak Vučinić, Head of the Department for Community Policing of Uniformed Police Directorate at the Ministry of Interior on behalf of the winners of last year’s award; Mr Boris Trivan, program director of the Digital Communications Institute; Mr Aleksandar Prica, president of the organization “Rainbow” Šabac; Mr Predrag Azdejković, President of Gay Lesbian Info Centre (GLIC) and editor of gay magazine “Optimist” and Mr Lazar Pavlović, president of the GSA.

The first “Rainbow” Award for the 2012/13 was won by Department for community policing of the Ministry of Interior (MUP) of Serbia, among the shortlist candidates were also the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, Office for Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Republic of Serbia, theatre director Andrej Nosov and Gordana Mitrović, trans person upon whose life story a movie „When I was a boy, I was a girl“ was based.

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