North Macedonia will hold its first Pride

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The small Balkan state, which was previously known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will host its first Pride event in capital Skopje on June 29th to mark and affirm solidarity and support of basic human rights of all North Macedonians regardless of whom they love. According to Radio Free Europe, the gathering will be “open for all to attend, regardless of nationality, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.” The previous attempt for this country to hold the Pride failed in 2013 because the local Ministry of Interior could not guarantee total safety to the marchers. In March, the country’s parliament approved a new anti-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity in order to comply with European standards, as the country seeks to join the EU. The European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup has called on the country and other EU accession countries to begin work to tackle homophobia and secure the rights of LGBT+ people.

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