Bosnian LGBTI Activists Sent a Message: Equality Now!

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LGBTI activists in Sarajevo, writing translates: Equality now! (Photo: Radio Sarajevo)

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT) was marked in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Activists of Sarajevo Open Center (SOC) gathered in front of Parliament in of Federation of BiH in order to tell the parliamentarians about the need to promote the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

Activists displayed a big banner calling for “Equality now” and shared informative flyers to the parliamentarians.

Attendees said that the level of prejudice and hate to LGBTI persons is extremely high.

“Social distance towards LGBTI persons is among the highest, compared to the other minority groups. If we take into account that there is no legal regulation of same-sex unions. In order for this to change, we need a decisive action from institutions and politics”, said SOC in a statement.

Additionally, Historical Museum of BiH was in rainbow colors, and a number of zebra crossings in the center of the city was painted the same rainbow way.

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Zebra crossings painted in rainbow colours

According to the Rainbow Europe Map 2016, Bosnia has solved 29 percent of the problems related to the LGBTI community, which places the country far behind Croatia, but ahead of west-European countries like Italy. Areas in which Bosnia was scored more highly are freedom of assembly, association and expression (65%) and equality and non-discrimination (60%) while it ranks low on other issues.

LGBTI is a still a taboo topic in BiH that rarely gets the attention of the public, but cases of attacks and violence against LGBTI people are extremely rare. However, that is likely due to the fact that LGBTI people are reluctant to report such events as they are in fear of a complicated procedure of revealing themselves to the public.

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Historical Museum of Bosnia in rainbow colours

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USA embassy in Sarajevo at night of May 15th (Photo: klix.ba)



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