Press Releases and Statements

GSA website hacked, a threat posted: “We are waiting for you!”

Posted by GSA October 01, 2012
GSA website hacked, a threat posted: “We are waiting for you!”

Belgrade, 01.10.2012.

Gay straight alliance (GSA; Alliance) informs the public that the website of this organization was hacked today, and that a threat “We are waiting for you!” was posted instead of its usual content.

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Regarding the statement of a member of Organizing Committee of the Pride Parade

Posted by GSA September 30, 2012
Regarding the statement of a member of Organizing Committee of the Pride Parade

Belgrade, 30.09.2012.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) repudiates the statement given by Boban Stojanović, a member of the Organizing Committee of the Pride Parade, to a Croatian T-portal, in which he de facto says that the stance of GSA on this year’s parade is a result of „closeness“ to the Socialist Party of Serbia, as a falsehood in its entirety.

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Verdict against Dragan Markovic Palma is revoked

Posted by GSA September 19, 2012
Verdict against Dragan Markovic Palma is revoked

Belgrade, 19.09.2012.

Court of Apeals revoked the verdict against Dragan Markovic Palma for severe discrimination against LGBT population and sent it back for a new trial

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GSA’s reaction to press release by Pride Parade Organising Committee

Posted by GSA September 17, 2012
GSA's reaction to press release by Pride Parade Organising Committee

Belgrade, 17.09.2012

Regarding today’s press release of the Pride Parade organisers, which asks the Ministry of Interior to intensify their investigation and bring to justice those who attacked two young men in the night between 7 and 8 September in Belgrade (when V.M. (25) was brutally beaten), Gay Straight Alliance would also like to inform the public on the facts of this case, as well as the attitude of the Parade Organising Committee towards it.

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GSA dementi: Claims made in the article published on the Queeria Center’s website are false and malicious

Posted by GSA September 14, 2012
GSA dementi: Claims made in the article published on the Queeria Center's website are false and malicious

Belgrade, 14.09.2012

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) is informed about the text that is circulating on the Internet under the title “Calls for the implementation of a new strategy for combating social homophobia” posted on the Queeria Center’s website. Having had access to this text, GSA wants to inform the public that the claims made in that article are completely false and malicious, and that it is nothing more than an insinuation of something that is not even close to the positions and the ways in which GSA operates.

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Attackers arrested in Smederevo; GSA commends efficiency of Smederevo police

Posted by GSA September 12, 2012
Attackers arrested in Smederevo; GSA commends efficiency of Smederevo police

Belgrade, 12.09.2012

According to the information which Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) received today, police officers of the criminal police department in the Serbian city of Smederevo arrested five people from Smederevo and placed them in custody for the duration of 48 hours, after which they will appear before the investigative judge of the Basic Court in Smederevo. They are under suspicion for beating up two young men from Belgrade and city of Kraljevo after a short argument, in the night between 3 and 4 September 2012 in Smederevo. One of the victims received serious, while the other lighter physical injuries, and the cause of the attack was the attackers’ belief that the two young men were members of the gay population.

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Could the attack on V.M. have been prevented?

Posted by GSA September 12, 2012
Could the attack on V.M. have been prevented?

Belgrade, 12.09.2012

Gay straight alliance (GSA; Alliance) received yesterday a call from a person A.M. who lives in the vicinity of the park in Fruskogorska Street in Belgrade, where the attack on the young gay man V.M. (25) took place in the night between September 7 and 8, who was beaten around 1:30 am by a group of unknown attackers causing him severe bodily injuries.

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A young man brutally beaten in the center of Belgrade

Posted by GSA September 09, 2012
A young man brutally beaten in the center of Belgrade

Belgrade, 09.09.2012

In the night between September 7 and 8, 2012, in the park on Fruskogorska Street in Belgrade, a young gay man V.M. (25) was beaten by several attackers. The attack took place around 1.30 a.m., and the beaten man, who police found in a semiconscious state, was transported by ambulance to the Emergency Center, where he was diagnosed with several severe bodily injuries, head contusion, neck sprain, cracks on the lower jaw teeth, several bruises, hematoma, face abrasions, etc. The police was called by V.D. (23) who was together with V.M., and who was also attacked but was able to escape and inform them.

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Verdict against Nebojša Bakarec for severe discrimination of LGBT population

Posted by GSA July 06, 2012
Verdict against Nebojša Bakarec for severe discrimination of LGBT population

Belgrade, 06.07.2012.

Litigation Service of Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) received today the first-instance verdict of the First Basic Court in Belgrade which upheld GSA’s suit and established discriminatory behaviour and severe form of discrimination of the LGBT population on the part of the defendant Nebojša Bakarec, Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) official and assemblyman in the Belgrade City Assembly. Judge Tatjana Lemajić gave the verdict on the basis of articles 11, 12, 13 and 21 of the Anti-Discrimination Law, and furthermore, she prohibited Bakarec from committing further discrimination, as well as to cover GSA’s court expenses.

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LGBT manifestation on the Republic Square!

Posted by GSA June 26, 2012
LGBT manifestation on the Republic Square!
“Together for LGBT Equality” in Belgrade

Belgrade, 26.06.2012

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GSA activity in Kragujevac banned; GSA: Who is governing Kragujevac – Veroljub Stevanovic or “Chetnik“?

Posted by GSA June 21, 2012
GSA activity in Kragujevac banned; GSA: Who is governing Kragujevac - Veroljub Stevanovic or "Chetnik“?

Belgrade, 21.06.2012

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) informs the public that by decision of the Kragujevac City Government and the Security Council of the city of Kragujevac a performance „Demonstration of the cardboard LGBT dolls“, organized by GSA and four other partner associations, that was suppose to take place today in Kragujevac, was banned. The performance is a part of the project „Together for LGBT equality“.

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“Together for LGBT Equality” in Novi Sad

Posted by GSA June 14, 2012
"Together for LGBT Equality" in Novi Sad
LGBT dolls in the city centre

Novi Sad, 14.06.2012

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Banning Obraz can be a turning point if state continues systemic battle against violence

Posted by GSA June 12, 2012
Banning Obraz can be a turning point if state continues systemic battle against violence

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) applauds the decision of the Constitutional Court of Serbia to ban the extremist rightwing organisation “Otačastveni pokret Obraz” and feels that this important decision could be a turning point in the state’s attitude towards violence. GSA therefore appeals to the state and its institutions to continue the systemic battle for reducing violence and discrimination.

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Gay Straight Alliance website has been hacked; GSA: Hatred is not a family value

Posted by GSA June 10, 2012
Gay Straight Alliance website has been hacked; GSA: Hatred is not a family value

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) website www.gsa.org.rs has been hacked again today and is not currently in function. This organization’s site was a target of attacks by the hacker groups from Kosovo in the past few years, than by the hacker John the Ripper and others, which disabled the GSA site completely or were leaving messages that often were not related to the areas covered by the GSA activities.

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Project “Together for LGBT Equality” begins

Posted by GSA June 05, 2012
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.

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