Gay Guide

Serbia and Montenegro
Pink Star Rating

5

Capital

Belgrade

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Novi Sad, Nis, Kragujevac

Scene and Culture

Despite legalisation of homosexuality in 1994, gays and lesbians continue to face discrimination and harassment in Serbia. Whilst no-one has been put on trial for being gay there are reports of police raids and many gay people being taken into police custody where they have been beaten and humiliated. Official medical textbooks classify homosexuality as an illness under the heading "Sexual Deviations and Disorders" There is no employment protection and there are reports of gays and lesbians routinely being sacked for being gay. The military also discriminate against gay men. While no official document states so (in order not to "discredit" the army) a gay man may not be a member of the armed forces. In July 2001 Serbia's first Gay pride parade was savagely broken up by soccer hooligans and nationalists thugs. Despite advanced warning that the parade would be attacked, Belgrade's police failed to protect the safety of participants and to ensure their freedom of association and expression. The gay scene in Serbia is still tiny. The only gay club in Belgrade is called Club X (Nusiceva 27 St. (between Makedonska & Kosovska St. opposite the Politika Building and Stari Grad Municipal offices Opening hours Wed/Fri/Sat /Sun from 23.30-7am. Best night is Sat)

Gay Age of Consent

14

Lesbian Age of Consent

14

Straight Age of Consent

14

Legal Notes

Article 110 of the Criminal Law of the Republic of Serbia, was surrepticiously changed in 1994. The relevant section now reads: "For indecent acts against nature with the under-aged male person over the age of 14, the actor will be punished by imprisonment of up to one year." The former version criminalised "indecent acts against nature" between two males regardless of age.

Population

9.98 million

Currency

Dinar Din

Climate

The best time to visit Yugoslavia is in the summer months from May to September. Yugoslavia has a moderate and continental climate inland while a Mediterranean-Adriatic climate prevails along the coast. Rainfall increases with distance from the coast, which has an average annual precipitation of 1,000 mm to 1,500 mm while the mountain slopes receive 1,500 to 3,800 mm to a maximum of 5,000 mm on the higher peaks further inland. Average temperature ranges inland are from 18c to 19c in July to 2c to 3c in January while the coastal area has a range from 23c to 26c in July.

Belgrade
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