Saturday, September 21, 2019, 5:30-8:30 PM
LIVES IN TRANSITION: LGBTQ SERBIA
BY SLOBODAN RANDJELOVIC
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Wednesday, August 21, 4-6pm
In June 2001, Serbia witnessed its first gay pride parade in history in Belgrade’s central square. It was a short-lived march, as an ultranationalist mob quickly descended on the participants, chanting homophobic slurs and injuring dozens. For years afterward, fear of violence prevented further marches, and when, in October 2010, the next pride march finally went ahead, it again turned violent as anti-gay rioters, firing shots and hurling petrol bombs, fought the police. It was only in 2014 that a pride march was held uninterrupted, albeit under heavy police protection.
Traveling Exhibition to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Stonewall:
Lives in Transition: LGBTQ Serbia, which published last November, is accompanied by a 2019 traveling exhibition featuring a wide selection of photographs from the book. The show opened at the LGBT Center in New York City on January 23. It then opened on March 1 at the LGBT Center on Halsted in Chicago which historically has had a vibrant Serbian community.
The next stop on the tour is the Provincetown Commons. The show will open on Wednesday, August 21 with a reception and book signing with Slobodan Randjelović from 4-6pm. It is on view in the Community Room for the following two weeks and open to the general public. The Lives in Transition photo exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which are widely regarded as the beginning of the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S.