Ana Brnabić, Serbia’s first openly gay Prime Minister has joined thousands in marching the streets of Belgrade for the city’s Pride Parade.
The Eastern European nation’s first openly-lesbian Prime Minister is also the first Serbian leader to ever march in a Balkan Pride event.
Brnabić who says that she is aware that many criticise her, says “as a representative of the state, I am proud that our country has adopted anti-discrimination laws. The level of discrimination of minority groups and members of national communities is in decline.”
Brnabić who is proud of the progress Serbia has made with LGBTI rights adds, “After an undoubted decrease in the number of physical attacks on people who are different from the majority, it is equally important that we stop hurting ourselves with words.”
“No matter how much pain a slap in the face may cause, the weight of a word is often far more painful,” Brnabić adds.
Belgrade’s Pride Parade first began in 2014, after five years of state suppression with the country’s Orthodox Church who regularly condemns the Pride event being highly influential in the nations political policy.
Brnabić took office as Serbia’s Prime Minister on the 29th of June 2017, becoming the countries first woman and first openly gay person to hold the office.
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