We, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans, intersex and queer people, take to the streets because the pandemic restrictions are our everday realities.
The BiH Pride March is a necessary political protest and an act of resistance. In this way, we point out all the institutional, legal and socio-economic barriers that LGBTIQ+ people face continuously and on a daily basis.
In the year behind us, the rights and freedoms of LGBTIQ+ people have further deteriorated, pushed to the margins, domestic violence is on the rise, and the visibility of our experiences has been almost non-existent.
The pandemic may have silenced the voices of our community, but our smiles and lives did not cease to exist. This year, loudly and proudly, we are sending a clear message from the streets that we still exist, and that we, with our colors, resist the constant exposure to fear, violence, discrimination, violations of our basic human rights and unequal treatment.
The BiH Pride March arose from the need to improve the daily lives of LGBTIQ+ people in BiH. Using the constitutionally guaranteed right to public assembly, we take to the streets and demand equality and a life free from fear and violence.
There are many obstacles and problems that LGBTIQ+ people resist on a daily basis.
Aware of the fact that once hard-won rights can be revoked overnight, we send a message to society as a whole and the competent institutions that we will never cease to resist all fascist efforts to suppress and restrict the freedoms of LGBTIQ+ people.
The problems we have have not changed in the last year – we still face homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and interphobia when going to public institutions, cafes, restaurants, theaters, cinemas or any other public place. Institutional discrimination is still present, and the most obvious example is the lack of legal recognition via a law regulating same-sex partnerships, and the unequal treatment of our protest march compared to other protests.
We are still forced to pay for space and security if we want to have a safe place where we can live authentically. Therefore, we emphasize that every space must be equally accessible, safe and free, and that unrealistic and unequal measures of additional security must not be required from the organizers of LGBTIQ events. Any demand for additional charges means preventing our existence in these areas and on these streets. Our goal is to fight for a public space where everyone will feel safe without having to have security guards around them.
Life in a pandemic has brought the fragility of our freedoms and lack of support systems in the spotlight. Misunderstanding and difficult communication with members of our families about our identities increased the pressure, violence and led to serious psychological consequences for LGBTIQ + people.
That is why this year we are emphasizing the margin even more and showing resistance from it.
Join us on August 14, 2021 on the streets of Sarajevo.
The number of participants in the procession will be in accordance with the applicable epidemiological measures.
Together with you, we will send the message that love is always above hatred.
Let’s be the resistance from the margin together!
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