Just weeks after the Obama administration unveiled a groundbreaking new foreign policy directing American agencies working abroad to step up their efforts to protect LGBT rights, the culture of fear that exists for gay Serbs underscores both the need for this initiative and what some critics feel is its weakness.
Historically, the Serbian government has demonstrated a stiff resistance to just about any form of international pressure.
Orthodox priests and nuns surrounded the participants, clutching crosses and burning incense as hundreds booed and jeered.
Activists say it is a fiercely homophobic culture that begins with the anti-gay teachings of the Serbian Orthodox Church, further legitimized by major political figures and enforced by a violent street culture of nationalist thugs and soccer hooligans.
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For example, the current government's stubborn position on the autonomy of Kosovo is reportedly delaying the country's bid to join the European Union.
So Serbian LGBTs say they are not optimistic about the delicate process of diplomacy, and particularly the US State Department's 'positive' approach to encouraging an embrace of gay rights without any clear consequence when a country fails to improve its record.