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Prime Minister of Serbia participates in the Gay Parade in Belgrade

Serbia’s prime minister, Ana Brnabic, was a member of the Belgrade Gay Parade on Sunday (17), saying her country “is not homophobic” and that her appointment in June was “a huge step” for building a tolerant society.

Hundreds of people joined the parade in the Serbian capital, which ran smoothly for the fourth year in a row. Brnabic, 41, became the first woman head of a government in Serbia, a country of seven million mostly Orthodox Christians, three months ago.

Holding a huge rainbow flag, protesters headed for Republic Square on a route guarded by a significant police device, according to an AFP journalist. Two other ministers, as well as the mayor of Belgrade, Sinisa Mali, also attended.

The presence of a prime minister in the Gay Parade is an unprecedented gesture in a very traditional country – which is negotiating its accession to the European Union (EU) – where gay rights advocates expect it to support their claims.

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