Monthly Archives - August 2017

Volunteers

Are you interested in human rights and would you like to participate in organizing a great event that draws attention each year to the status of LGBT people in Serbia? We are getting closer to the Pride Week that will be held this year from 11 to 17 September.

You can be part of this important event if you apply to be a volunteer. We invite you to join a team of young and creative volunteers who will take part in the organization of the Pride Week 2017 in Belgrade, whose central manifestation is the Pride March that will be held on Sunday, September 17th. Newspaper this year is the Pride info center where volunteers will provide all the necessary information for the forthcoming Pride Week and the events that will mark it. Within this year's Pride Week, there will be more than 50 events, including exhibitions, debates and concerts. The goal of organizing the Pride Week and Pride March is to point to the position of the LGBT community in Serbia and to draw attention to the need for all citizens to have equal rights, equal treatment and equal opportunities regardless of their sexual orientation.

Those interested in volunteering can apply by September 3, by filling out the form.

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Meeting with the Commissioner

On August 22, the representatives of OO Parade Pride talked with Brankica Stankovic, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality. On this occasion, the Mayor supported all events during the Pride Week, stressing that she expects Pride to pass peacefully and without any incidents this year. The Commissioner agreed with the representatives of the OO Parade Pride on how much the increase in the visibility of the LGBT population is significant for reducing discrimination and social distance towards this social group, and that Pride inevitably contributes to this visibility.

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Queer Salon

Queer Salon in the past seven years brings together artists from different spheres who devoted a certain aspect of their creativity to LGBT and the sub-culture of the subculture. In the previous period, the queer salon examined and processed numerous topics, such as the Queer identity, the daily life of the LGBT community in a highly homophobic environment, the emancipation of LGBT narratives in public discourse, and so on. And included various artistic endeavors, from exhibitions and performances to various creative-scientific expressions.

The aim of this year's salon is to thematize and map queer art production, that is, the problem of defining Queer art as such. The concept of queer art, definition and framework, as well as its boundaries and scope, would be re-examined. Since the concept and the appearance of Queer in theory and practice are of a very broad spectrum and are not subject to a rigorous definition, the space for interpreting an art as a queer is open and unlimited. Even the fragmentary picture of Queer art today (which would be the result of the exhibition) would provide an insight into the experience of Queer identity, politics or discourse by creators and creators, but also by skilled and unskilled audiences. Also, the exhibition would point out that this subjective category of Queer experience is what makes Queer art an a priori definition.

The papers are sent in digital form to [email protected] If the works can not be digitized, photographed or otherwise documented, it is necessary to contact the curator of this year's salon, Ana Simon, on the above e-mail or telephone +381692616970. Explanations of why you see your work as illustrative for this year's Queer Salon topic, why and whether you see your art as Queer, should be sent with your biography to that e-mail. Deadline for submission is August 30, 2017.

Selection of works will be performed by this year's curator of Queer Salon, art historian Ana Simona Zelenović. She completed her basic (2015) and master (2017) studies of History of Art at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. At the basic studies, the focus was mostly on avant-garde - the topic of graduation work was the death of painting in Russian avant-garde, and during the course of the school she held an open lecture on Zenith and presented the same topic at the international conference in Budapest (2016). For her master studies she focused on modern and contemporary art, especially feminist art and performance. The topic of the master's work was the analysis of the art of Katalin Ladik through the prism of feminist theory and art history. As a member of the Club of Art History Participants, she participated in organizing a regional student conference (Dis) continuity: Literature and Art in Yugoslavia (2016). She is a member of the Green Youth of Serbia, in which she organizes exhibitions, tribunes, lectures and actions in the working group for gender equality (some of such events are LGBTQ + museum, RaznoRodnost exhibition, tribune Feminism in pop culture) and working groups Food systems and animal rights - Federation of European Young Green (FYEG). She talked about the problems of women in Serbia at the summer university of the European Left in Budapest (2017) and participated in the educational summer camp of FYEG on migration (2017). She occasionally writes and translates articles for online magazines - the feminist newspaper Milica and the green magazine Okvir.

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Meeting with Ombudsman

Representatives of the organizational committee for the Parade Pride met with the new Ombudsman Zoran Pašajlić. On this occasion, examples of good practice of cooperation between this institution and representatives of civil society were pointed out, and the Ombudsman confirmed that this year LGBT and Trans * flag will be developed on the building of this institution on September 17, on the day the Pride Parade is held.

Representatives of the Ombudsperson Institution showed understanding and readiness for cooperation and support for legislative initiatives related to the registration of same-sex partnerships, as well as the regulation of sex change. Due to the whole process involving cooperation with several ministries and competent institutions, the Ombudsman expressed the will to be a mediator between LGBT organizations and state bodies.

On this occasion, Zoran Pašajlić confirmed his participation in the International Conference, which will take place on September 15th. We welcome this institution’s willingness to cooperation with the civil sector and we hope that this will become a regular procedure with other competent authorities and representatives of the public authorities of the Republic of Serbia.

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History of LGBT movement in Eastern Europe

Through discussions with the community, we are trying to "feel the pulse" of the LGBT population in Serbia and talk to everyone about what Pride they want, what are the burning topics of interest to the community, but also to talk with activists and experts about important historical moments, in the region and the world, for the LGBT population.

This year we will discuss the importance of Pride, the historical context of walks in post-socialist countries, the spectrum within the LGBT community, the relationship of religion and the LGBT population, the new wave of activism, and other important topics.

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