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Queering as Europeanisation, Europeanisation as Queering: Challenging Homophobia in Everyday Life in Montenegro

  • Danijel Kalezić
  • Čarna Brković
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Abstract

This chapter discusses LGBT activism in Montenegro, focusing on how it has been shaped by complex relationships between NGOs, the state, international donors, the EU, and everyday forms of oppression. It is the result of a collaboration between two friends whose first encounter was a consequence of one of the events described in this text. We demonstrate that Montenegrin LGBT activists have invested a lot of effort in educating state institutions, such as the police, healthcare, and justice system, in how to “do their job” to ensure that basic conditions are met for the physical safety of LGBT people. We suggest that—according to a specific set of parameters—such efforts have been highly successful. However, LGBT activism has not up to now managed to break the historically forged conceptual link between “Europe” and “homosexuality”, because the very development of LGBT activism depended on and intersected with the dynamic of the EU accession process in Montenegro.

Keywords

Civil Society Internalise Homophobia Accession Negotiation Socialist Federative Republic Pride Parade 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danijel Kalezić
    • 1
  • Čarna Brković
    • 2
  1. 1.Queer MontenegroPodgoricaMontenegro
  2. 2.Graduate School for East and Southeast European StudiesUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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