(FOTO:Blic/Andrija Ilić) Belgrade’s first Pride Parade was organised on 30th June 2001 under the slogan “There is Space for All of
Us”. The small number of those who gathered at the Republic Square were attacked by members of
right wing organisations and sports fan groups. The police forces were insufficient and unprepared and
did not react adequately to the violence. More than forty people were injured, and there was no
Law on Broadcasting foresees fight against hate speech in radio and TV broadcasts, including one based
on sexual orientation.
Law on Public Information was adopted, sanctioning hate speech, including one based on different
A group of activists gathered in 2004 with the intention to organize a new Pride. The preparations took
several months, but after the escalation of violence in Kosovo and the burning of mosques in Belgrade
and Niš in March 2004, further preparations ceased and the Pride was cancelled.
Labour Law was adopted, banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation for the first
Law on Higher Education that guarantees equal access to higher education for all, including citizens of
different sexual orientation, was adopted in the National Assembly of Serbia.
Blood Transfusion Institute agreed to change a section of its database which existed until that year
under the title “0041 – Highly risky sexual behaviour: homosexual, bisexual, promiscuous”.
Law on Personal Data Protection was adopted, stipulating that the data referring to, among other
things, personal sex life, is particularly sensitive and can only be collected on the basis of informed
Gay Straight Alliance press conference at Sava Centre was banned, resulting in LGBT activists protesting
in front of this congress centre. In spite of strong resistance by religious communities and the withdrawal of the law from the
parliamentary procedure, the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination was adopted, completely
prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in all situations. A Pride Parade under the slogan “It is Time for Equality” was prepared and was to be held on 20th
September 2009. The realisation of the event was supported by many public figures, international
organisations and government representatives. There were numerous public threats by sports fan
groups and extremists against Pride Parade organisers and its participants. The authorities pressured the
organisers to move the event to the Ušće park. The Ministry of Internal Affairs banned the event a few
days before it was supposed to take place.
(FOTO:BETA/Emil Vas) Pride Parade under the slogan “We Can Do It Together” was held. The walk began on 10th October
2010. in Manjež park gathering more than 500 participants. Although the authorities gave guarantees to
the organisers, the assessment was poor and there were massive conflicts between the police and
hooligans that took place in central Belgrade. The estimate is that there were 6,000 police officers in the
streets and the same number of hooligans. During the riots 132 policemen and 25 citizens were injured,
and around 250 people were arrested. That same year marked the first time Pride Week was organised,
and it remained the only part of Pride 2010 that was without security issues.
(FOTO:Vesna Lalić) The Constitutional Court of Serbia made a decision that the 2009 Pride Parade ban was unconstitutional.
Law on Youth was adopted, banning discrimination of youth, including one based on sexual orientation.
A first instance verdict for grave discrimination against LGBT+ persons was passed against the politician
Dragan Marković Palma.
Law on Social Welfare was adopted, forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation, among other
things, of social welfare users.
Belgrade Pride 2011 that was held under the slogan “Pride. Normally” was banned with the explanation
that the state was unable to guarantee the safety of the participants. As a reaction to the ban, the
activists organised “Pride in Private” at the Belgrade Media Centre, after which they went out onto the
main Belgrade street, spilling rainbow colours on the roadway and stopping the traffic whilst carrying
the banner that stated “Love. Normally”. The Pride received strong support in the country and abroad.
The Pride Week was held without incident, and with a much more diverse agenda.
Amendments to the Law on Health Insurance stipulate that at least 65% of the cost of a sex change
medical treatment conducted for medical reasons shall be secured from the funds of the national health
(FOTO:Vesna Lalić) Amendments to the Criminal Code introduced the legal concept of hate crime whereby the fact that a
crime was committed because of one’s sexual orientation, among other things, would be considered as
an aggravating circumstance.
The Constitutional Court of Serbia banned the far right Patriotic Movement “Obraz”, whose members
were the most responsible for organized violence at the 2010 Pride Parade.
Belgrade Pride 2012 under the slogan “Love, Faith, Hope” was again banned by the state. The official
explanation was that the state was still unable to guarantee security at the event, and the decision was
given to the organisers just before the event. As a reaction to the ban, the activists again organised
another “Pride in Private” at Belgrade Media Centre, after which went in front of the building and
announced the date of the 2013 Belgrade Pride. The Pride Week went through peacefully except for
massive extremist protests before the exhibition “Ecce Homo” in which the author used Biblical motives.
In spite of the protests, the exhibition was held at the Centre for Cultural Decontamination with a large
(FOTO:Vesna Lalić) The Constitutional Court of Serbia decided that the 2011 Pride Parade ban was unconstitutional.
The state banned the Pride Parade for the third year in a row. When the organizers were informed
about the ban, they organised a Midnight Pride that began in front of the building of the Serbian
Government and ended in front of the National Assembly of Serbia. This event gathered a large number
of activists, LGBT+ community members and supporters. The international public and the media dubbed
the event the Stonewall of Eastern Europe.
Amendments to the Law on Pupil and Student Standards were adopted to include provisions on the
prohibition of discrimination, violence and abuse in institutions based on sexual orientation.
A Law on Adult Education was adopted, which mentions sexual orientation in its section on equal
(FOTO:Vesna Lalić) On 28 September 2014 the first Belgrade Pride without incidents and organised violence was sucessfully
held. The Pride Parade was held under the slogan “Pride for All”.
Law on Electronic Media was adopted mentioning sexual orientation as one of the bases to ban
discrimination, hatred and violence in media broadcasts. At the same time a new Law on Public
Information and Media was adopted, and its two articles mention sexual orientation as a basis to ban
hate speech and distribution of media information interpreted as acts of violence and which may cause
serious direct and irreparable consequences.
Law on Execution of Non-Institutional Sanctions and Measures was adopted, stipulating that a citizen
who is subject to these measures and sanctions must not be put in an unequal position, among other
things, due to his or her sexual orientation.
(FOTO:Vesna Lalić) Belgrade Pride 2015 was held on 20th September 2015. under the slogan “My Rights, My Requests”.
That year Belgrade Pride became a member of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) and
the world-wide association of Pride organisations (InterPride). Pride Week and Belgrade Pride were held
without incidents, with reduced police presence. Government representatives gave even more
affirmative statements regarding the respect for human rights of the LGBT+ community and supported
the realisation of the Pride Parade.
(FOTO:Vesna Lalić) The Pride Parade was successfully held for the third time in a row on 18th September 2016. It gathered
2,000 participants under the slogan “Love Changes the World”, while more than 25 events took place
during Pride Week. All these events were held without incidents and with an even more reduced police
During the appointment of the members of the Government of Serbia, the Prime Minister informed the
public that the new Minister for State Administration and Local Self – Government – Ana Brnabić is a
(FOTO:Vesna Lalić) June 29 – Ana Brnabić stepped on the position of the President of the Serbian government as the first
woman and out lesbian.
July – Pride Parade Organizing Committee announces Pride under the slogan “For Change” and for the
first time clearly demands from the government to legally regulate same-sex communities.
August – The first Pride Info Center was opened for 30 days and was visited by more than 3,000 people.
During the duration of the first Pride Info Center, citizens as well as LGBT+ people had to chance to get
information about the work of LGBT + organizations, get information about the events of Pride Week as
well as to get information about the LGBT+ rights movement.
September 17th – Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and two ministers were part of the fourth
consecutive Pride Parade that was attended by more than 2000 people walked.