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The Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in Serbia

Events | International Visitor Leadership Program

As Serbia works towards its accession bid to the European Union, its human rights protections for the LGBTQ population have come into focus as a dark spot on the transitioning country.  While national laws have sought to prohibit discrimination, in daily life intolerance and hate continue to be widespread, with the annual Belgrade Pride Parade banned by the government after right-wing violence against the event in 2010.  

In this challenging context, LGBTQ activists are advancing civil rights and promoting greater understanding across Serbian society.  Today’s  discussion features key leaders from the LGBTQ movement in Serbia sharing their work and discussing the lessons that can be learned from the Serbian and American experiences.

Speakers include:

Mr. Slobodan Stojanovic
CEO and Founder, Queeria Center for the Promotion of Non-Violence and Equality.

Mr. Predrag Azdejkovic
President and Editor, Optimist magazine
Director, Merlinka International Queer Film Festival

Mr. Lazar Pavlovic
President, Gay Straight Alliance

Mr. Aleksandar Prica
President of the Managing Board, Association “Rainbow”

Mrs. Jovanka Todorovic-Savovic
Program Coordinator, Labris – Organization for Lesbian Rights

Hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, these leaders are visiting Oregon under the auspices of the Open World Program sponsored by the U.S. Congress’ Open World Leadership Center.  The program offers short-term professional exchanges for future Eurasian leaders to experience American civil society and community life; work with their professional counterparts; and gain new ideas and inspiration for implementing change back home.

Feel free to bring lunch to eat during the presentation and questions to ask our speakers.


Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon and Q Center


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