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Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev today, carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags in a parade which was flanked by a thick cordon of police.
The march was largely incident-free, but 200 people protested, variously calling it an affront to traditional values and to soldiers fighting pro-Russian separatist rebels in the eastern Donbass region.
Ukrainian authorities have increased their support for gay rights since a pro-Western government took power in 2014. In 2015, a law was passed banning workplace discrimination against the LGBT community.
Congratulations to Ana Brnabić, a graduate of the University of Hull, who is Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister and first female Prime Minister.
Brnabić will take up her role as Serbia navigates a crucial few years: the country is preparing for EU membership while retaining its traditionally close relationship with Russia, and nurturing a growing friendship with Beijing.
That’s quite a job description.
Laszlo Toroczkai | BBC | 17027
A village in Hungary which is hoping to create a haven for people with traditional views about society has passed a local law which outlaws public displays of affection by gay people. There are other measures directed at other sections of the wider community, especially people of Muslim faith.
“We primarily welcome people from western Europe – people who wouldn’t like to live in a multicultural society,” Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai told the BBC. Mr Toroczkai is mayor of Asotthalom, a remote village in the southern Hungarian plains, situated around two hours from the capital Budapest. “It’s very important for the village to preserve its traditions.”
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Dozens of people marched the streets of Podgorica in the fourth Montenegro Pride parade, urging their families to show support for their LGBT relatives and to campaign for gay marriage. The theme for Pride was “Family Values”.
Marchers called for same-sex marriages, the eradication of homophobia and transphobia, and the creation of conditions required to develop the LGBTIQ community in Montenegro.
Queer Montenegro, who organised Pride, hope that by the end of next year, Montenegro would adopt a law on same-sex marriages.
The Czech government has approved a proposed amendment to the law which would enable gay and lesbian couples to adopt their partner’s biological child. The proposal was supported by the ruling Social Democrats and ANO, but opposed by the Christian Democrats.
Deputy Minister for Human Rights Martina Štěpánková told Radio Prague, “We do not have an exact number but our estimate is that there are now about one thousand children living in same-sex families.”
Congratulations to Ana Brnabic who has been named as Public Administration Minister following the election in Serbia.
The center-right government is expected to be voted into office by the end of this week, more than three months after the April 24 snap election.
A gay rights group hailed Vucic’s move, describing it as a “historic moment in Serbia and a huge step in building a society of equal chances.” The Gay Straight Alliance group added that political inclusion of gay people is important for reducing discrimination and promoting tolerance.