Kosovo holds second gay pride parade without incident

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PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) | Hundreds of people in Kosovo have held a gay pride parade for the second straight year in the capital.

The parade went through central Pristina between two main squares followed by music. Participants held rainbow flags and banners like “In the Name of Love. Pride Parade.”

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Serbia’s leader attends gay pride march for first time

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s first-ever openly gay prime minister joined several hundred gay activists Sunday at a gay pride march that was held amid tight security in the conservative Balkan country.

Holding rainbow flags, balloons and a banner reading “For change,” pride participants gathered in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, before setting off on a march through the city. Many approached Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, greeting her and taking selfies.

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Confirmation of Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister thrown into doubt

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s ruling conservatives said June 19 if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn’t get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country’s government, an early general election will be held.

Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar Vucic, could also become the conservative nation’s first female prime minister if she’s selected. But some of Vucic’s coalition partners said they will vote against her because of her sexual orientation.

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Serbia Police cordon off Belgrade for gay pride march

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Thousands of Serbian riot police cordoned off central Belgrade on Sept. 18 to protect a gay pride march from possible attacks by extremist groups in the predominantly conservative Balkan country.

Holding banners and flags, several hundred people marched as helicopters flew above. Police with dogs secured the area, which was sealed off for traffic for hours before the planned start of the event.

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Serbia’s new government to include openly gay minister

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s prime minister-designate said Monday that his new government will include an openly gay minister for the first time in the conservative Balkan country.

Aleksandar Vucic said his future Public Administration Minister Ana Brnabic does not hide her sexual orientation. He says he is aware it may draw public attention in a country where gays often face harassment.

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Transgender army major wins victory in conservative Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength. He was a perfect husband and father in a society that preaches family values. But for nearly his entire life, the major felt he was living a lie: Deep down, he was a woman.

Last year, he came out, telling his family and superiors that he was Helena — and starting therapy to become a woman. She did not remain Serbia’s first transgender major for long: The army asked for her resignation, saying she “posed a threat to the reputation of the army.” In April, Helena scored an important victory: A Serbian human rights body ruled that the army had discriminated against her by saying she was a potential stain on its honor.

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Cross-dressing singer wins hearts in Bosnia

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – That night, Bozo Vreco risked everything.

After seducing the audience with his crystal clear voice, Vreco disappeared from the stage and returned moments later to continue his concert, dressed as a woman.

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Gay journalist’s ‘personal view’ new in homophobic Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nenad Mihailovic flouts Serbian taboo. He’s openly gay in a country notorious for strident homophobia. He uses a wheelchair in a society that shows little sympathy for the disabled. And he’s a voice of liberal thinking in a nation where strong leaders have a tendency to quash dissent.

So it’s perhaps surprising that Mihailovic has attracted tens of thousands of viewers to his independent talk show — in which he grills politicians, actors, pop stars and activists on such hot-button themes as gay adoption, same-sex marriages, government corruption and relations with Russia.

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