Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog 3: "Serbian Gay Rally Banned for 3rd Straight Year"

"Serbian Gay Rally Banned for 3rd Straight Year"


            Authorities in Serbia banned a gay pride march for a third year in a row due to threats made by right wing groups. According to the Prime Minister, the event was banned in fear of repetition of the violence in 2010. During the 2010 march, over 100 people were left injured after an attack from extremists. Many right winged groups allied with anti-gay groups in Russia have issued threats against the marchers. The head of Serbia’s Christian Orthodox church has spoken against the gay pride march. Patriarch Irinej states, “Patriarch Irinej, the head of Serbia's Christian Orthodox church, has spoken out against the gay pride march. He said such a "parade of shame" would cast a "moral shadow" on the conservative Balkan country.” However, the government also banned gatherings of right wing groups that planned to attach the event.

            There are many social problems that can be brought upon through differences in society. One’s sexual orientation can create many inequalities. This inequality is demonstrated in the events that have taken place in Serbia. Minority groups created as a result of sexual orientation face a lot of discrimination. They can face violence and hate crimes based on their ascribed status. The Serbian homosexual community is treated differently with the fear of violence and hate based on their status in society. The gay rights movement is still a struggle in many places around the world. There is a need for government to put more of an effort for laws and enforcement against hate crimes. Discrimination based on one’s sexual preference is unconstitutional.

Kasey Marshall

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