Serbia’s Equality Commissioner Brankica Jankovic warned on Friday that transphobia and homophobia are still present in Serbia.
Speaking on The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Jankovic said that there is a lack of understanding for the difficulties that the LGBT population is facing.
She said that trans-gender people and the LGBT population must not be discriminated because of their gender identity or sexual orientation because they are part of society and their rights cannot be ignored.
“A cause for concern is the fact that individuals, especially certain politicians and public figures are continuing to voice offensive and demeaning views in support of prejudices against the LGBT community,” the commissioner said.
Jankovic said that there have been some positive steps forward in terms of the law, including the possibility of legally changing gender records, the position of those social groups has to be improved further. According to her, the number of complaints filed with her office over gender and sexual orientation discrimination shows that the LGBT community should be encouraged to report discrimination.