First-Ever Gay Pride Planned for May 31 in Montenegro


The conservative Balkan republic of Montenegro hopes to one day enter the European Union. To do so, it must prove tolerance and respect for the human rights of gays and lesbians, which is the reason the government is behind the country's first Gay Pride march, set for May 31.

Montenegro The AP: "The government says in a statement its support for the event demonstrates the commitment for European values of tolerance and equality. A gay group behind the march urged the government Thursday to stress the message of support further by naming an official to head the organizing committee. Zdravko Cimbaljevic, of the LGBT Forum Progres group, says he has received online threats from extremists."

Montenegrin Prime Minister Igor Lukšić (above, left) spoke out about the march:

He has assessed, however, that the parade would probably be a high-risk event and that police would be responsible for providing safety to the participants in accordance with security standards, Podgorica media report. 

“It is precisely known, in accordance with the law, how certain rallies are organized and how security standards are provided,” Lukšić pointed out, adding that the Montenegrin society “needs to cross the line” at some point in order to prove that it accepts all differences. 

“Whether we personally accept them or not, whether we personally have one opinion or the other, let that remain our personal thought, but we must face the fact that there are differences in the society, that those issues are a part of the human rights corpus. Let the people take a walk and we will show that we are civilized,” the Montenegrin PM concluded.


  1. Todd says

    I’ve been to Montenegro and it’s got a long ways to go to meet the current standards of the European Union. An aire of decrepit Eastern European block is still very much present there and corruption is rampant. Glad to see they are at least making the effort!

  2. Jerry says

    In the “neighborhood” Greece, which is in the European Union, has also taken another baby step toward fuller acceptance of its gay and lesbian citizens. The cultural ministry has designated from May 31st to June 5th 2011 to be “Rainbow Week”, coinciding with Athens Pride events on June 4th. All of these Eastern European countries are dominated by either the homophobic Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Churches. Greece is not only completely bankrupt, it remains a third world country despite its European Union membership. None of the rights offered in other EU countries to gays & lesbian citizens are yet available in Greece to Greek gays.

  3. codyj says

    Those accident pictures are chilling…and all too familiar..i lived belgrade,5 yrs in the late 60s when YUGO was still under Tito…cars were ‘relativly’ new ,then ,and getting a license was easy,and accidents on the long ,flat, road from belg to lubijana (Austian border) were horrific ,and daily. Fiat produced ,under license, a car there called the Zastiva…(red flag) paper maiche was better