LGBT Organisations Distributed Rainbow Umbrellas to Citizens of Belgrade21. September 2012 - 9:06 — Dejan Georgievski
A coalition of six LGBT organizations from Serbia - Labris, Queeria Centre, Gayten and Safe Puls of the Youth from Belgrade, the Come Out Group (Izađi) from Novi Sad and Duga (Rainbow) association from Šabac, organized yesterday, September 20, 2012, at the Republic Square in Belgrade, a distribution of umbrellas in the colours of the rainbow under the title “For colourful autumn days”.
The action aimed to inform the citizens about the education project “Together against Crimination”, which aims to instigate the members of LGBT community and institutions to use and apply the national legislative framework for protection of LGBT persons in Serbia.
“The banning of the Pride Parade and the public violence are only the visible manifestation of the inadequate system. Other forms of discrimination, however, remain invisible”, the organizations say, adding that, in spite of the fact that several laws strictly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, the actual practice is quite different.
Under the auspices of the project, the website www.lgbt.org.rs was established which will attempt to answer questions related to discrimination faced by LGBT persons in Serbia. Is it possible for a gay person that got married abroad to change his or her last name in Serbia? What to do about the problem of domestic violence? How to react to hate graffiti? – are just some of those questions.
The editorial team of the website invited the members of LGBT persons, their friends and all interested citizens to send them their questions and dilemmas to email@example.com.
The project “Together against Discrimination” is implemented with the support of the Institute of Sustainable Communities, under its project “Civil Society Advocacy Initiative”. (Source: CRNPS)