Planned LGBT parade in Bosnian capital provokes calls for violence


Activists protest in 2017 after authorities rejected their application for pride march

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Activists protesting in 2017 after the authorities rejected their application for a Pride march

An announcement by activists in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) that the first official LGBT parade will take place in the capital Sarajevo on 8 September has attracted mixed response on social media but very little official comment.

Vladana Vasic, one of the organisers, announced the Coming Out Now parade at a press conference at 0005 local time on 1 April because, she said, “it is 0005 [five past midnight] in this country when it comes to LGBTIQ people’s rights”.

Another organiser, Lejla Huremovic, said Pride parades were a powerful…

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