Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic’s partner gave a birth to a baby boy Wednesday, her office said, heralding it as a historic event although the conservative country does not legally recognise same-sex marriages or partnerships.
“Ana Brnabic is one of the first Prime Ministers whose partner has given birth while in office… and the first in the world in a same-sex couple,” her media office said in a statement.
“The delivery went well and both the mother and baby are doing fine,” it added.
According to local media, the boy was named Igor.
Brnabic, 43, became one of the few openly gay government leaders in the world when she came to power in June 2017.
But she has not been a vocal advocate on LGBT issues in a country where homophobia is widespread.
In February alone there have been at least two acts of vandalism at an LGBT centre in central Belgrade.
During an appearance at a Pride parade in Belgrade in 2017, Brnabic declined to comment on whether she would like to see same-sex marriage legalised in her country.
“I can’t give you my personal opinion right now because I’m here as the prime minister representing the Serbian government,” she said at the time.
Although the country has various legal acts addressing gender identity and anti-gay discrimination, rights activists say that implementation is poor.
A campaign for the adoption of a law on same-sex partnerships, for which activists hope to win the premier’s support, has not yet been successful.
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Having been around the LGBTIQ activism scene for the past 17 years, I have seen a transformation of my country.
I won’t go back as far as 2001, when MGRM was set up, but, in the first edition of the Rainbow Europe Map, Malta only had anti-discrimination legislation protecting its citizens on grounds of sexual orientation for employment purposes.
Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Following a third successive number one placement on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index, many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and genderqueer community in Malta will surely be reflecting on the progress that was made in the field of LGBTIQ equality in a relatively short period of time and how this has a direct impact on their daily lives.
Parliament’s second reading debate on the controversial Embryo Protection Bill closed on Tuesday with a promise by Health Minister Chris Fearne to hold further consultation and to move some amendments, although he did not go into specifics.
If the issue is discrimination, then even MGRM should oppose these amendments
The statement issued by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) supporting the proposed changes to the Embryo Protection Act shed light on some misconceived ideas.
The Malta Gay Rights Movement (GRM) has reiterated its support for the proposed amendments to the Embryo Protection Act, saying they redress discriminatory provisions in relation to same-sex couples and also provide for access to the preservation of gametes for trans persons who choose to undergo gender confirmation surgeries.
Now that our country is considered a trailblazer in the field of LGBTIQ rights throughout Europe and beyond, the next steps have been taken to ensure that transgender and intersex persons are afforded the same rights as their fellow cisgender citizens when it comes to access to medical care.
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