To mark IDAHOBIT – the international day of action against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, Pascal Smet, State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region, has announced a significant package of support for EuroPride 2022.
EuroPride will be held in Belgrade in September 2022.
“On behalf of the Brussels-Capital Region, I am pleased to confirm our support for EuroPride that will be held in Belgrade, 12-18 September 2022,” said Minister Smet. “Major events such as EuroPride are an important opportunity to ensure visitiblity of queer people and to highlight the continuing struggle for equality for all. As we mark IDAHOBIT – the international day of action against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, our support for EuroPride is an important contribution that we can all be proud of. As European capital, we continue to play our leading role for better LGBTQIA+ rights worldwide.”
“Deep inequality and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community in the Western Balkans region make EuroPride in Belgrade a turning point in the region,” said Marko Mihailović, one of the coordinators of the EuroPride. “This event will empower the community of LGBTQIA+ activists to continue their fight, and provide them with a much-deserved sense of validation for their struggle so far.”
“EuroPride is an opportunity for people from across Europe to show their solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community from the Western Balkans and support them in their long struggle for equality, tolerance and human rights which started two decades ago with the first Pride held in 2001 in Belgrade,” added Mihailović.
The EuroPride event in Belgrade will also include a major human rights conference.
“Our conference will gather together renowned experts in the field of human rights,” explained Goran Miletic – one of the coordinators of EuroPride. “The conference aims to initiate a dialogue with the stakeholders, local and international politicians and decision-makers on how they can contribute to strengthening equality and justice for the LGBTQIA+ community in the region of the Western Balkans. Additionally, through various workshops, panels, lectures and other capacity building events the conference will serve as a forum for discussion and networking.”