*This article is part of the interviews conducted with LGBT activists from the Balkan region
Boban Stojanović is one of the first activists for LGBT rights in Serbia. In this interview for “Historia Ime” Serbian activist goes back in time and recalls the very first initiatives for LGBT rights in a country like Serbia, the struggles to organize and contributing for the first Pride in Belgrade without any recorded incident and also participating in the reality show “Big Brother Serbia” as the first publicly LGBT person.
For the first time, I realized how much the individual’s life might depend on the decision of another individual or group of people. I supported the activities of women’s organizations, youth organizations, organizations for the rights of people with disabilities.
The experience that I got in the refugee camps create strong anti-militarist and anti-nationalist sentiment in my mind, so I decided to refuse to serve the Army.
Most politicians treat people as goods, as we know, so I always wanted to cause them discomfort. When they demanded suits, I wore T-shirts. At the fancy event when everyone carried expensive leather notebooks, I brought my ordinary one covered with LGBT stickers. I never wanted to become part of the establishment to be accepted. I believed that I should speak publicly about my life, repression, love and all that I experienced
was appointed That is something that scared me.
After a long flight as the plane descended below the clouds, we saw – nothing. Vast prairie.
to collect all those things and But, those what I could do here and now, and it can be very radical, is to be a reminder how things can be changed over the night and how we must continue the fight for our right.