Despite religious protests and a restricted Pride march, the annual EuroPride event for the LGBTQI+ community in Europe, went ahead in Belgrade in September 2022.
The fight for LGBTQI+ rights in Serbia has been going on for more than 21 years, since 2001, when the first Pride in Serbia was held in Belgrade, which was interrupted due to attacks by neo-Nazi organizations and football fans, including representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The next Pride was supposed to take place in 2004, but was canceled for security reasons.
For the next six years, LGBTQI+ organisations in Serbia did not schedule a Pride, and in 2010, nine years after the first Pride was held, there were more than 150 people injured and around 250 detained due to riots caused by representatives of right-wing organisations in Belgrade. The first peaceful Pride in Belgrade took place in 2014, and since then it has been held every year with strong police forces guarding the Pride’s participants.
In 2009, the law on Prohibition of Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons was adopted. In 2012, amendments to the criminal code were adopted, which introduced into the law a provision on hate crime and a mandatory aggravating circumstance for criminal acts committed out of hatred due to gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. The first verdict was after 6 years, as a result of domestic violence against a member of the LGBTQI+ population. In 2021, the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights presented the law on same-sex unions, whose fate is still unknown.