Former leader of the anti-gay organization got married to a man

Former leader of an organization whose slogan was “stop people who are attracted to the same sex”, entered into matrimony with his male partner. He has been several years openly gay, and in relationship with his partner Larry McQueen’s about a year. Smid was the director of organization “Love in Action” from 1990 to 2008, during which time he was trying to deny his homosexual tendencies.

“I had faith that I would be able to cope with myself. After a while I realized that that fight does not make sense. I do not have eternity in front of myself, and I do not want to spend the rest of my life repressing something that obviously cannot be suppress “, Smid said in a recent interview. The organization “Love in Action” came to public s attention in 2005 when they promoted a program in which it was claimed that they can change the sexuality of children at his early age.

Notice on deadline extension for the Call for Proposals in Kosovo

Coalition for Equality STEP logo

Because of the small number of received projects the Call for Proposals will be extended by 14th of November 2014 until 17 pm.

Coalition for Equality STEP thanks to the support of the European Commission has secured funds for sub-grants in Kosovo, the amount of individual sub-grants is up to 9.000 EURO, and the activities are to be carried out from 17th November 2014 to 1st of February 2015. There will be awarded two sub-grants. STEP is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, organized with the aim to fight against discrimination at the regional level. The members of STEP are: Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, CHRIS Network, Centre for Civic Education Montenegro, Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo, Gay Straight Alliance, LGBT Forum Progress Montenegro and Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo. Main issues that STEP deals with are anti-discrimination policy, monitoring of anti-discrimination trials, LGBT rights, empowerment of women in public and political life, and combating discrimination and promoting equality in general. More on the work of STEP can be found on the STEP website.

You should send your project proposals in English by 14th November 2014.until 17 pm to the following address: korak@yucom.org.rs

CALL FOR PROPOSALS IN KOSOVO

Coalition for Equality STEP logo

Coalition for Equality STEP thanks to the support of the European Commission has secured funds for sub-grants in Kosovo, the amount of individual sub-grants is up to 9.000 EURO, and the activities are to be carried out from 15th November 2014. to 1st February 2015. There will be awarded two sub-grants.

STEP is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, organized with the aim to fight against discrimination at the regional level. The members of STEP are: Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, CHRIS Network, Centre for Civic Education Montenegro, Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo, Gay Straight Alliance, LGBT Forum Progress Montenegro and Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo. Main issues that STEP deals with are anti-discrimination policy, monitoring of anti-discrimination trials, LGBT rights, empowerment of women in public and political life, and combating discrimination and promoting equality in general. More on the work of STEP can be found on the STEP website. You should send your project proposals in English by 10th November 2014.until 10 am to the following address: korak@yucom.org.rs

No complains at Irinej

Commissioner for the Protection of Equality Nevena Petrusic not received any complaint for homophobic and discriminatory statements of Serbian Orthodox Church prior to the year’s Pride Parade, which was signed by Patriarch Irenej , reported by Danas. As a reminder, the statement compares homosexuality with pedophilia, “massively popular in the western world” and incest.

“You have the right to parade, but only on its own cost and expense of their customers, no matter how they are called, both for the parade, and for security, but not at the expense of Serbia – bombed, destroyed, morally and economically crippled, impoverished, flood, nailed to the pillory, “it is said in a statement of SOC. Although many organizations, public figures, and some politicians condemned the statement of the SOC, the complaints were absent this time.

Association Viktorija

The aim of the project is the civil society’s contribution to the strengthening of social dialogue on the topic of hiring discrimination against women from socially vulnerable groups (long-term unemployed, older than 40, Roma, persons with disabilities, refugees, IDPs, etc.) in the local communities of the region of Šumadija, in the municipalities of Kragujevac and Batočina, where there are still prejudiced opinions about stereotyped roles for men and women. These kinds of opinions, as well as the issues of age, race, sex, religion, etc., result in hiring discrimination in the labour market. The unequal treatment of the unemployed is socially unacceptable and economically harmful.

The position of women in Serbia in 2014 – Facts that disconfirm the common picture

Gender equality in Serbia has not yet been reached and women continue to face a number of problems in attempting to exercise their guaranteed rights. To improve the process, a series of studies on women in Serbia has been conducted in 2014 by the Departments of Labor, Employment, Ex-Servicemen’s and Social Issues of the Republic of Serbia within the framework of the Program for the implementation of the National Action Plan for improving the status of women and promoting gender equality for the period from 2010 to 2015.

The conference on “The situation of women in Serbia 2014″ was held on 25.09.2014 in the great hall of the Media Center, Terazije 3, at 10:00 pm. Speakers were Laslo Cikos, the State Secretary, of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Ex-Servicemen’s and Social Issues, Torgni Svenungson, adviser for policy development from the Embassy of Sweden in Serbia, Ana Delic and Predrag Kurcubic from IPSOS Strategic Marketing, and Marija Babovic from SeConS.

The conference was opened by Mr. Laslo Cikos who emphasized the project that in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden conducted three separate investigations concerning the same area, the status of women: study on the situation of single parents, research on the position of women in business and research on the attitudes of citizens of Serbia on gender equality. He emphasized that it was the Ministry, which initiated this study because there are no statistics on these topics.

Media Monitoring – Before and After Pride Parade

Centre for political education – CPO from Novi Sad (in cooperation with Banat Media centre) and GOOSI – Organoisation for gay persons with disabilities from Belgrade, will jointly, during the months of May and June, do the press-clipping of several print and electronic media (selected pages of printed and selected programmes of electronic media – TV stations from Serbia), and monitor every use, or not-use of politically correct speech. Focus of our analysis will be the use of gender sensitive speech and behaviour of the media towards the LGBT population.

This project (analysis) will be conducted before, during and after planed Pride week in Belgrade, and we expect that above mentioned partner organisations will have hard work ahead, hawing in mind experience from last years attempts to organise Pride week when majority of political actors, individuals, right-winged organisations, informal groups had significant space in the media for presenting its position and discriminating LGBT population.