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GSA files a new lawsuit against Dragan Marković Palma, this time for compensation

Posted by GSA July 14, 2014
GSA files a new lawsuit against Dragan Marković Palma, this time for compensation

Belgrade, 12.07.2014.

Only a day after publishing of the final verdict of the Court of Appeal in Belgrade which determined that Dragan Marković Palma, MP in Serbian parliament and president of political party United Serbia (JS), committed severe form of discrimination against the LGBT population and forbade him from repeating the said discrimination, he sent an open letter today to the LGBT population, reported by numerous Serbian media, in which he again states a number of untruths about LGBT people, accusing them without any basis for various societal problems.

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Court of Appeal gave the final verdict – Dragan Marković Palma guilty for discrimination of LGBT population

Posted by GSA July 11, 2014
Court of Appeal gave the final verdict - Dragan Marković Palma guilty for discrimination of LGBT population

Belgrade, 11.07.2014.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) announces that the Court of Appeal in Belgrade (Serbia) reversed the decision of First Basic Court in Belgrade and issued a final verdict upholding the appeal of GSA and confirms the discriminatory behavior, i.e. that Dragan Marković Palma, MP and President of the political party United Serbia (JS), committed serious form of discrimination of the LGBT population. In addition, the Court of Appeal has banned to the convicted to repeat performed discrimination and ordered him to pay court costs to plaintiff, i.e. Alliance in the amount of 57,300 dinars within 15 days of receipt of the verdict, under threat of execution.

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International Pride Day marked with action “Hate-Free Zone” in Belgrade

Posted by GSA June 27, 2014
International Pride Day marked with action "Hate-Free Zone" in Belgrade

Belgrade, 27.06.2014.

International Pride Day of LGBT people marked today in Belgrade with the action under the slogan “Hate-Free Zone“ and a short walk through central streets of Belgrade.

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Support for “Hate-Free Zone” from Kori Udovički, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government

Posted by GSA June 27, 2014
Support for "Hate-Free Zone" from Kori Udovički, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government

Support for organizers of “Hate-Free Zone” and congratulations regarding Pride Day from Kori Udovički, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government

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Support for “Hate-Free Zone” from the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights

Posted by GSA June 27, 2014
Support for “Hate-Free Zone” from the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights

Support for organizers of “Hate-Free Zone” and congratulations regarding Pride Day from the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights

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Support for “Hate-Free Zone” from Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada in Serbia

Posted by GSA June 27, 2014
Support for “Hate-Free Zone” from Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada in Serbia

Support for organizers of “Hate-Free Zone” and congratulations regarding Pride Day from Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada in Serbia

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Tanja Miščević receives the “Rainbow” Award for 2013/14

Posted by GSA June 09, 2014
Tanja Miščević receives the "Rainbow" Award for 2013/14

Belgrade, 09.06.2014.

The second “Rainbow” Award, which is given for contributions in the fight against homophobia and transphobia and in the protection and improvement of human rights of LGBT people in Serbia for the past year, was awarded today at a ceremony in the Belgrade City Hall.

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GSA appeals to help the vulnerable and to cancel planned events

Posted by GSA May 17, 2014
GSA appeals to help the vulnerable and to cancel planned events

Belgrade, 17.05.2014.

Today on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) calls LGBT persons and all other citizens to mark this day by helping the most vulnerable citizens affected by floods in Serbia. To help the vulnerable is a priority at the moment, so GSA calls for cancelation of all events which were planned for today.

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Shortlist for the “Rainbow” Award 2013/2014

Posted by GSA May 15, 2014
Shortlist for the “Rainbow” Award 2013/2014

Belgrade, 14.05.2014.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) wants to inform the public that during its yesterday’s session the jury which decides about the “Rainbow” 2013/2014 Award chosen shortlist of five nominees for this award from the submitted nominations. The winner of this year’s “Rainbow” Award is going to be announced on May 16th during the ceremony which is going to be organized on the occasion.

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Contest for the 2013/14 “Rainbow” Award opened

Posted by GSA April 17, 2014
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.

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U.S. and EU ambassadors visited GSA and talked with activists

Posted by GSA April 09, 2014
U.S. and EU ambassadors visited GSA and talked with activists

Belgrade, 08.04.2014.

After the threats that were addressed to the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance), this organization is visited today by the U.S. Ambassador in Belgrade, H.E. Michael Kirby, and the Head of EU Delegation in Serbia, H.E. Michael Davenport. During the talk with activists from GSA both ambassadors expressed their condemnation of the brutal death threats that were recently addressed to the members and leadership of the Alliance as well as the expectation that the institutions would quickly investigate the case and identify the perpetrators as well as the motive of these threats.

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New death threats to Gay Straight Alliance

Posted by GSA April 01, 2014
New death threats to Gay Straight Alliance

Belgrade, 01.04.2014.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) informs the public that it again received death threats, this time through the organisation’s e-mail. These latest threats are the most brutal that the Alliance has received yet, explicitly mentioning killing and slaughtering members and leadership of GSA.

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Threats to Gay Straight Alliance

Posted by GSA March 10, 2014
Threats to Gay Straight Alliance

Belgrade, 10.03.2014.

Today, Gay Straight Alliance has received death threats, through the SOS helpline number of the organisation (which is used for reporting violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and which can be found on the official website).

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The Parties know that LGBT population votes

Posted by GSA March 07, 2014
The Parties know that LGBT population votes

Mirjana Bogdanović, Executive Director of GSA, wrote this  text, published in election special “Electoral Fever” of the Serbian daily newspaper Danas, in the column “The voice of civil society organizations”.

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GSA: Questionnaire for candidates in national elections

Posted by GSA March 04, 2014
GSA: Questionnaire for candidates in national elections

Belgrade, 04.03.2014.

As part of its campaign “Your vote, your tomorrow”, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) has sent a set of questions (questionnaires) to the political parties and groups that take part in national elections, on the human rights of LGBT people and what they intend to do to improve the situation of the LGBT community in Serbia if they come to power.

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