Serbia Falls Behind As Queer Culture Champion

Published: November 18, 2010

Back in the 1980s, parallel to birth of Punk and other subcultures deriving from the equal-rights movements, Belgrade saw the rise of groups championing sexual minority rights.

Alongside dozens of printed brochures and amateur newspapers which flooded Belgrade clubs from 1985 onwards, a publication called DELO dealt with issues of sexual minorities.

Published several times a year by two gay men, Slobodan Blagojevic and Hamdija Demirovic, who migrated to Belgrade from Sarajevo, it was among the first attempts to make Queer culture in the Balkans visible.

But in the two decades that followed, gay culture fell increasingly silent in Serbia, a casualty of the country’s steady slide into political and social decomposition. Gay culture remained silent throughout the 1990s, with first attempts of re-vitalisation only following the fall of Slobodan Milosevic’s regime.

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