Bosnia Angry Over Gay Festival & News Agencies


“The festival is a kind of provocation since it is taking place during Ramadan,” Zukic said. (Google photo)

SARAJEVO — In a rare show of inter-ethnic unity, Bosnian Muslims, Serbs and Croats were united on Thursday, August 28, in condemning the first-ever gay festival to be held in the former Yugoslav republic.It is unnatural, sick and deviant behavior,” said Rajko Vasic of the Social Democrats, who hold power in Bosnia’s Serb entity of Republika Srpska, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The former Yugoslav republic’s main religious and ethnic groups are infuriated by Queer Sarajevo Festival that will be organized by next month.

The controversial four-day event, to open on September 24 in the capital, Sarajevo, will tell through films, exhibitions and panels the life stories of gays and lesbians in the country.  

Homosexuality from an Islamic Stand 

“Bosnia is a conservative society,” Amir Zukic, of the Party of Democratic Action, Bosnia’s main Muslim party, told the local newspaper Dnevni Avaz.

“I doubt that such an event would be accepted.”

Islam considers homosexuality to be clearly sinful.




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