05 Feb 2018 The Right to Memory in Action: The Story of the Balkans’ First LGBTIQA Rights Media Archive
Throughout the conflict and post-conflict years in the Balkans, ethno-nationalist politics and practices have reinforced stereotypical and rigid gender roles. Personal and political stories about the survival of LGBTIQA persons during the 1990’s armed conflicts are excluded from the official narrative about this time period, and are invisible to the general population of most countries in the region, including the LGBTIQA community itself. Hate speech in mainstream media targeting the LGBTIQA community is also a significant problem, even as some media organizations and the Regulatory Agency for Communication have begun to penalize it.
This has contributed to the institutional, economic, and social marginalization of women, minority groups, and LGBTIQA persons. In addition, the realms of gender, sexuality and war remain an intersecting point of trauma for first and second generation war survivors, particularly from LGBTIQA communities.