One of course, was their marriage. The other was the historic legal victory they scored when their case before Court of Justice of the European Union CJEU led to the recognition of same sex marriage for the purpose of freedom of movement in the European Union EU. But Hamilton was denied residency rights because the civil code does not recognise same-sex marriages.
The misogynistic, neo-colonialist article published in Balkan Insight shocks us, too. The presumably sarcastic article opens with the following profound observation: "I feel sorry for Serbian MPs. Yes, you heard it right.
Twenty-five LGBTI organizations from the region founded the Association on 15 September and granted to ERA the mandate to function as an umbrella organization at the regional and international levels. The seat of the Association is in Belgrade, Serbia. While until 10 to 15 years ago there were only a few groups and organizations operating in some countries of the region, today we can say with confidence that the LGBTI movements in the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey are strong, reliable and real agents of change.
Why would you be so afraid? You can think about the LGBTI movement in the region, that has been growing significantly, with organizations creating tens of events and spaces for the community, or you can think about the high levels of violence and discrimination LGBTI people still encounter. Although far from perfect, things have gotten better for the LGBTI community in the Balkans- and activists all over the region are determined to improve queer rights even further. Many even have laws that punish hate crime and hate speech.
Sixteen out of the 26 countries that have legalised same-sex marriage worldwide are situated in Europe. A further twelve European countries have legalised civil unions or other forms of more limited recognition for same-sex couples. Armenia recognizes same-sex marriages performed in any foreign jurisdiction where they are permitted.
Transgender rights advocates take part in a Pride celebration in Belgrade, Serbia, earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Sarajevo Open Center. The National Democratic Institute, the U.
Macedonia is the only country from the Balkans placed in the so-called red zone of worst offenders, among 13 other states. The index covers laws and administrative practices that protect or violate human rights, though it does not reflect the broader social situation that LGBT people might encounter in their societies. The rest of the Balkans is only slightly better and most countries fall into the so-called yellow zone of countries that are mediocre respecters of gay rights.
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A Pristina-based bisexual who insisted on remaining anonymous for personal reasons, told BIRN that members of the LGBT community in Kosovo cannot even think of being open about their sexual orientation. According to him, the LGBT community face human rights violations on a daily basis. This year-old says there are only four people he has been able to talk about his sexual orientation, and none of them belongs to his family.
F or decades, countries that were formerly part of Yugoslavia have been politically, economically and culturally intertwined; a shift in one neighboring country has rarely gone unnoticed in another. When change began to feel tangible in one county, activists from others would flock in to give a helping hand, as well as to learn and to feed off of the products of their courage and vigor. Slovenian activists continued to be at the vanguard of the LGBT movement in its early years in the region with lesbian activism in particular beginning to find its feet within the counterculture scene. It was here that the first lebian association in Yugoslavia — or indeed anywhere in Eastern Europe — was established.