The Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabić assessed on 18 September that holding the Pride Parade for the third year in a row is very significant, representing a serious step forward regarding the rights of the LGBT community.
The Head of the EU Negotiation Team Tanja Miščević stated that holding the Pride Parade in Serbia is becoming a routine and normal thing, therefore opening the door for certain issues, such as homophobia or legal status, to be considered in the highest state bodies.
The Commissioner for the Protection of Equality Brankica Janković assessed that holding the Pride Parade is an indicator that citizens are able to make use of their right to peaceful assembly.
The participants of the parade, this year held under the slogan “Love Changes the World”, walked through Kralja Milana Street accompanied by music from loudspeakers, from Slavija to Republic Square, with the route secured by strong police forces.
A concert at Republic Square closed the official part of the Parade, completed without incidents. Boban Stojanović, one of the organizers, said that this was not only a celebration of the pride of the LGBT community, but all those who are silent and suffering because they feel powerless.
Participants in the parade included the head of the EU Delegation Michael Davenport, the ambassadors of USA, Germany and Italy, Kyle Scott, Axel Dietmann, Giuseppe Manco, the head of the UNHCR Delegation Friedrich Schoeder, as well as European Parliament Deputy Tanja Fajon.