Thaci takes part in first gay parade in Pristina

Several hundred members of the LGBT community in Kosovo on Tuesday marched in Pristina during the first pride parade held in that town.

Source: AFP, Tanjug

French agency AFP reported that they "marched under heavy police presence, waving rainbow flags."

Participants in this way marked International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

President Hashim Thaci and the U.S. and British ambassadors to Kosovo were among "many political figures" that marched at the head of the column "to voice support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."

According to the agency, organizers, three non-governmental groups - "in mainly ethnic Albanian and Muslim Kosovo" - urged citizens to "eradicate homophobia and respect the LGBT community's rights" and said the gathering today was "for LGBT persons who could not be part of the march because they are surrounded by homophobia and transphobia in Kosovo."

But in his statement to reporters, Thaci "insisted to reporters that every citizen, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of gender, enjoys equal rights," AFP said.


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