04/07/2012 | Writer: Kaos GL
One of the banners was dedicated to LGBT people who have left Serbia due to repression or committed suicide and he said: "I am no longer here".
In occasion of International Pride Day, in the center of Belgrade four civil society organizations Labris, Women in Black, Belgrade Pride and Queeria center organize street action: "Silence will not protect us".
First part of action was at the Republic Square, where activist kept were banners in order point out the position in which daily are LGBT persons in Serbia. The banners said: "I have the right to love," "I am afraid", "Threw me out of the house", "They beat me on this square," "I can not kiss his girlfriend", "Living a lie". One of the banners was dedicated to LGBT people who have left Serbia due to repression or committed suicide and he said: "I am no longer here".
After that, the activists have developed a rainbow flag and walked in Knez Mihailova Street which is the main pedestrian street in Belgrade, from Republic Square to the square where the Student’s Plato where they let’s balloons with title "Proud". Although visibly surprised passers in Knez Mihailova Street, as well as guests in the gardens surrounding cafes are not objected to the "rainbow line", and some were openly waved and cheered the action. Some have asked: "Is it Pride?", "How did you manage?", "Bravo!".
The whole event was attended by fewer police guard. Today’s action represents a continuation of activist groups in realizing their rights in public space, regardless of the will of political parties and state institutions.