Serbian PM says that Cabinet Minister’s sexuality is not a big deal

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Serbian Prime MInister Aleksandar Vucic makes a speech at the Serbia Investment Day at Central Hall Westminster, on October 29, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. The conference is part of plans to foster business relations between the UK and Serbia, creating investment options in Serbia, to support the country's emerging economic development. (Photo by Peter Dench/Getty Images for Serbia Investment Day)

Aleksandar Vučić has appointed an openly gay politician to his cabinet for the first time in history of the country. Ana Brnabic, who is openly gay, became a Minister for Public Administration. The country was shocked by this decision because its politics towards LGBT is rather conservative. But the PM insists that professionalism is the only thing which matters: “If you can tell me something bad about her professional resume, tell me. I’m only interested in what her result will be in the difficult job ahead of her. She has a great energy and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Homosexuality only became legal nationwide in 1994, an there is still no recognition of same-sex relationships. Same-sex marriage remains constitutionally banned. Belgrade Pride parade was banned in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by authorities over fears of violence – after violent clashes marred Belgrade Pride celebrations in 2010. But the event was allowed to return in 2014 and 2015, with largely peaceful marches taking place. It is set to go ahead again next month. As we see, the history is changing.

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