COMING OUT/STAYING IN

Serbian Gay Activists Stage Indoor Pride Event

In spite of Serbian authorities’ annual ban on a pride parade, LGBT activists held a quiet little protest followed by an indoor pride event on Saturday.

The Associated Press reports:

Amid a heavy police presence, about two dozen flag-waving activists briefly appeared outside an office building in central Belgrade and sat down on the sidewalk for what they described as a “small, silent, non-violent and motionless protest.”

Following last year’s ban, Serbians opted for a low-key picnic in the park. Activists are planning on staging a parade in September 2013 and putting pressure on the passage of a declaration against homophobia in the parliament.