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Being gay in the Balkans – a film project

A project from Ostblick Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
in Pristina, Kosovo

Fear of discrimination and harassment is part of everyday life for LGBT* people in the Balkans. Will young people make a difference? We will try to answer this question on our trip to Pristina, Zagreb and Belgrade.

K. Wiatr
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About this project

Kosovo belongs to just a few countries worldwide where discrimination based on sexual orientation is constitutionally prohibited. Since 2014 Croatia allows registered partnerships for same-sex couples. In last summer the first openly lesbian Prime Minister was elected in Serbia. 

Nevertheless, in all three countries one experiences fear of discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity on a daily basis. Gay, lesbian, transsexual and intersexual people are often forced to live a double life. Apart from that, in the whole region marriage is still considered to be exclusively a union between a man and a woman.

Therefore, we are raising the questions: How will young people shape the future of the region? What do young people think about topics such as homosexuality, same-sex marriage and gender diversity? Should gay pride parades be organized in Zagreb, Pristina and Belgrade? Should homosexuality be discussed in schools? In several short videos we would like to look into these as well as further similar topics.

Conflicts around the acceptance of the LGBT*-community gain special significance in a multiethnic and multireligious environment of South East Europe and play an important role in the countries‘ potential accession to the EU. The younger generations will be crucial in determining future pathways. 

In late May we intend to travel in the region and carry out research, conduct interviews and capture the climate of opinion. Your donation can help us realise this project!

We look forward to your support!

Xalessa Wolff, Petar Karavlah, Julia-Luise Hüske, Zsófia Bihari and Jurik Caspar Iser