The first unified pride parade has been held in the capital of Kosovo, Pristina. There have been marches organized by various LGBTI activists in the past including in May 2016 to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This parade had LGBTI activists come together under one umbrella and organize Pride Week 2017. US Ambassador, Greg Delawie, President Hashim Thaçi, and Minister of European Integration Dhurata Hoxha were in attendance, while a notable absence was new Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. Thaçi remarked, “The state and Kosovar society are built on the principles of equality and freedom for all communities. We will not allow anyone in Kosovo to exert fear and threats against a person or against any group.” Kosovo passed the Law on Discrimination in 2004 that Parliament approved, which states “The principle of equal treatment shall mean that there shall be no direct or indirect discrimination against any person or persons, based on sex, gender, age, marital status, language, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or conviction, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or belief, race, social origin, property, birth or any other status.” Despite institutional support for the LGBTI community, the topic remains taboo in Kosovar society. (BalkanEU, translated from Telegrafi)
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