Queer Resilience & Activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In 2019, queer activists in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) organized the country’s first-ever Pride March in Sarajevo. The event received international coverage and was widely acclaimed for its significance. Academic research has even shown that it helped improve public opinion toward queer people among residents of Sarajevo.
“My Best Friend”
Love for A from Sarajevo and D from Čačak means respect. For two years now, these two twenty-three-year-olds have been building their love story on respect, overcoming all obstacles and prejudices. It Was Just Another Tinder Date  A and D met, as they say themselves, on a gloomy autumn day in Tuzla, mostly out of …
Božo Vrećo: The Artistic Revolutionary of the Balkans
So who is Božo Vrećo? Who better to ask than the man himself? Bosnia and Herzegovina as a country and the Balkans in general have often been described as patriarchal, verging on male chauvinist. So for someone embracing both feminine and masculine traits to reach the height of success in Bosnia’s music industry of Bosnia …
From Prosecution to Pride: Goran Miletić on the Evolution of LGBT Activism in the Western Balkans
Goran Miletić, Civil Rights Defenders’ Program Director for the Western Balkans, has been involved in LGBT and wider human rights activism since the early 1990s. Miletić sat down with Balkan Diskurs to discuss how the nature of LGBT activism in the Western Balkans has evolved over the course of his career, how he sees the current state of affairs and what he sees for the future of LGBT activism in the region.
An Uphill Battle for Equality: Banja Luka’s LGBTQ Community
As in many other cities, in Banja Luka members of the LGBTQ community encounters many challenges because its members are perceived as 'different.' The community struggles to secure basic rights and members often find themselves at odds with their family and friends because of their sexual orientation.
#ONEINTHREE
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, one in three LGBT people have been victims of violence or extreme discrimination, but only every seventh incident has been reported to the police.