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Serbia’s gay prime minister wins landslide victory amid corruption claims

Serbia's gay prime minister wins landslide victory amid corruption claims

Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of Serbia, at the Western Balkans Summit in Poland on 5 July, 2019. (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto/Getty)

Serbia’s first female and first openly gay prime minister Ana Brnabic has won a second term following an election marred by claims of corruption.

Prime minister Brnabic, leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, was nominated by the Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic to remain in office after securing 188 deputies in the 250-seat parliament.

Her landslide victory came amid a rocky campaign that saw the June 21 election being boycotted by the main opposition parties, who accused president Vucic of suppressing media critical of his rule.

Defending Brnabic at a press conference on Monday, Vucic said: “Brnabic didn’t use her term of office to benefit foreign or local power centers, she just fought for the interests of this country.”

He added that he had asked Brnabic to choose half of the new cabinet. “The new government will have three main goals, namely to strengthen the country in the fields of the economy, health, and defence,” he said.

The approval of Brnabic’s new cabinet is largely a formality, and parliament is expected to reconvene in the coming days.

Brnabic, 43, became Serbia’s first female and first openly gay prime minister in 2017 after Vucic resigned the post in order to stand in the presidential election.

Her appointment seemed unlikely as same-sex marriage remains constitutionally prohibited in Serbia and homophobia is common.

While she appears to have the support of the electorate, she’s an unpopular figure among Serbia’s LGBT+ community, who told her she wasn’t welcome at the 2018 Pride parade because of a lack of progress on LGBT+ issues.

She attended the previous year but stoked tensions when she told crowds that LGBT+ issues would only be addressed once Serbia had tackled more important problems, including inflation, pensions and the standard of living.

It was “a scandalous statement,” the head of Serbia’s Gay Lesbian Info Centre, Predrag Azdejkovic, told the BBC at the time. There has been little improvement on LGBT+ issues in the years since.

In 2019 Brnabic’s government moved to ban artificial insemination and IVF for anyone who has “a history of homosexual relations” within the last five years – even though artificial insemination was the very method Brnabic herself used to conceive a child.

SCOTUS victory for LGBTQ rights – Lesbian.com

SCOTUS victory for LGBTQ rights – Lesbian.com


“For the first time, this historic decision ensures that LGBTQ people have nationwide employment protection and represents a monumental step that will help to create a safer working environment for everyone.” — Imani Rupert-Gordon, NCLR Executive Director

To say we were happily surprised this morning is an understatement. Just last week the federal administration repealed HHS rules protecting LGBTQ people from denials of healthcare, even though the Affordable Care Act prohibits such discrimination. That callous targeting of vulnerable communities happened on the same day we remembered and mourned those lives lost in the Pulse Orlando shooting.

Today is a celebration! The Supreme Court of the United States has now issued its ruling in three Title VII cases, holding —in no uncertain terms— that LGBTQ people ARE protected from discrimination under federal law.

“This is a huge victory not just for LGBTQ people, but for our country, which benefits enormously when LGBTQ people are permitted to participate and contribute on equal terms,” said Shannon Minter, Legal Director of NCLR. “Today’s decision will be remembered as a watershed in the history of LGBTQ rights, even as our country continues to grapple with the brutal legacy of racism. The transgender movement owes a particular debt of gratitude to Aimee Stephens, who courageously fought this battle in the final months of her life.” — Shannon Minter, NCLR Legal Director

with NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
12:00 PM (PT)/3:00 PM (ET)

While LGBTQ people now have legal protection from discrimination at work, we still have a long way to go to secure comprehensive federal protections for our community. But this ruling gives us something we haven’t had in a long time: Hope. This ruling opens the door to progress. We will continue to fight for equality and we will continue to win.

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