Bosnia’s first LGBTQ parade defies threats, urges tolerance

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia’s embattled LGBTQ community will defy threats of violence to hold the Balkan country’s first ever pride parade this weekend and appeal for tolerance and unity in a society torn by war-era divisions and gripped by poverty.

The event, dubbed ‘Ima Izac!,’ which roughly translates ‘Coming out,’ will be held in Sarajevo on Sunday under tight security to stave off possible attacks by extremist groups, which in the past have disrupted similar gatherings.

Sarajevo is the last of the Balkan capitals to schedule a pride march after neighboring countries moved to improve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights as part of an effort to modernize and become members of the European Union.

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