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Speaking Separately: 2015 Belgrade Lesbian March and Its Antecedents

  • Bojan Bilić
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Abstract

After a contentious and often-violent decade, 2015 proved to be an annus mirabilis in Serbian and post-Yugoslav non-heterosexual and trans activist organising. That year not only witnessed a relatively smooth unfolding of the Belgrade Pride Parade but the streets of the Serbian (and former Yugoslav) capital also welcomed, until then unprecedented, Lesbian March and Trans Pride. This surprising diversity testified, on the one hand, to the vital currents of LGBT activist engagement that survived, among other unfavourable circumstances, high levels of both institutionalised and socially widespread homophobia. On closer inspection, though, such an abundance of activist endeavours concentrated in a relatively short period of time pointed to an emotionally charged “underworld” of tensions, frustrations, and challenges that local activists faced in their efforts to advance the (heterogeneous) cause of LGBT emancipation.

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  • Bojan Bilić
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  1. 1.Instituto de Ciências SociaisUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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