Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dozens of Serbia gays say election of gay PM to be historic

I don't know anything about Serbian politics.  This report describes the country as staunchly conservative.  So, something is amiss. 

ABC News reports several dozen Serbian gays, lesbians and transgender people marched on Saturday in Belgrade, hailing the expected election of a first openly gay prime minister as historic for the Balkan country.

Activists gathered at a pride event in the city center under heavy police protection. They carried banners reading "we want life worthy of humans" or "support matters."

Serbia's gays have faced pressure and violence from extremist groups in the staunchly conservative nation. Activists demanded on Saturday that the authorities do more to curb anti-gay sentiments following recent incidents against transgender people.

Meanwhile, Serbian lawmakers convened to launch proceedings needed for the election of Ana Brnabic as the new premier. If confirmed, the 41-year-old Brnabic will become Serbia's first female and openly gay prime minister.

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Maybe this is a case where voter participation is very low?  That's how New York ended up with a communist as mayor. 

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