I wanted to write about this couple of days ago, on the international day against homophobia, but i guess it would have been too predictable, like writing about women rights on 8th of March. Besides, it’s always a burning subject, not just here in Serbia but everywhere in the world where GLB and other sexual minorities’ abbrevations’ rights are not respected, so you get to read about it today, on the day of Montenegro independence day (not connected in any way).
Because of the desire to be a part of the globalization process and the need to follow the current world trends and not differ from most world countries, Serbia is unfortunately in danger of having it’s national indentity lost to a global trend of homophobia. But, have no fear, because we our own differentia specifica, several of them in fact:
2. It is a fad coming from the Western hemisphere. Not only that this feature is, of apparent reasones, completely unexistant in the West, but, surprisingly enough, they don’t even try and argue that gayness is a trend coming from the East.
3. Gay people are considered to be a direct threat to a number of people born in Serbia (it is always good to have many people born in your country so they could go and fight in wars and stuff).
4. It is generally believed that the number of gay people is increasing, even without any specific evidence other than with a odokativno method.
5. Homophobia in Serbia is in great deal supported by the Serbian Orthodox church, always a strong tool against homosexualism, as it considers gays to be even lower creatures than women.
6. If you are gay, it is very unlikely that you are infact a Serb – it is more likely that you are a Croat (Ustasa), a Bosniak (Balija), an Albanian (Siptar), or a Slovenian (Gay).
7. Some Serbs consider being gay completely ok and there’s nothing wrong with it, but are absolutely against gays adopting kids, because kids can also become gay (which is, if you look at the beggining of the sentence, completely ok and there’s nothing wrong with it).
8. Gay parades are “completelly unnecessarry”: – imagine if we heterosexuals were to make a parade and walk the streets holding hands and kissing openly our heterosexual partners – what would the streets of Belgrade look like!
9. Being gay in Serbia is completely ok, but if you do it in the privacy of your home – have you ever seen a heterosexual couple in the streets showing openly that they are infact hetero? I didn’t think so.
10. World health organization naively removed homosexuality of the list of mental ilnesses on the 17th of May 1990. Serbian medic society still refuses to confirm this with an official statement, seventeen years later, because we are not that easily fooled.
As you can see, there are some striking distinctions between a global and a Serbian gay-bashing style, so it’s safe to say that globalization hasn’t yet taken it’s toll in this area – god forbid if we used the same old arguments for homophobia like they do elsewhere in the world.
Homophobia in Serbian media:
The first gay pride parade in Serbia:
Ok, so now it’s your turn: what’s your favorite excuse for being a homophobe?