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Ninth Pride parade held in Podgorica under the slogan “Love, people!”

16/10/2021 - 22:46
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The parade passed off peacefully, while the organisers presented their demands.

 

The ninth Pride parade took place in Podgorica on Saturday under the slogan “Love, people!”. After the welcome speeches, the participants walked through the city centre, with many carrying rainbow flags. As expected, the streets of the Capital were peaceful during the Pride and no incidents were reported.

Such an atmosphere is the result of the previous eight Pride events, which helped reduce prejudice in society against sexual minorities. One of the major achievements in the fight of the LGBT community for equal treatment in Montenegro is the Law on Same-Sex Life Partnership, which started to apply this summer and whose development was supported by the European Union.

 

Presenting demands to the authorities on behalf of the organisers, Danijel Kalezić of Queer Montenegro underscored that 26 related laws and bylaws have not been amended yet, which hinders the implementation of this legal act.

“We call on the Government and the Parliament to complete work on amending the Law on Same-Sex Life Partnership so that we can exercise our human rights just like all other people in this country,” Kalezić said.

The second demand made at the Pride relates to a shortage of hormone replacement therapy that has been affecting the trans community for more than a year. The third demand is the development and adoption of a law on gender identity based on self-determination.

 

On behalf of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, the parade was attended by Rule of Law and European Integration Officer Friederike Wuenschmann, Head of Cooperation Section Yngve Engstroem, and Interpreter Ana Savjak.

“There are many reasons why EU Delegation representatives are walking together with Montenegro LGBTQ community but the key one is love,” Ambassador Oana-Cristina Popa, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, wrote on Twitter.

The Pride was also attended by many public officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazović, Minister of Foreign Affairs Đorđe Radulović, Minister of Finance and Social Welfare Milojko Spajić, Minister of Economic Development Jakov Milatović, Minister of Public Administration, Digital Society and Media Tamara Srzentić, Podgorica Mayor Ivan Vuković, Ombudsman Siniša Bjeković and others.

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