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10 Oct 17

'In the name of love': Kosovo holds first Pride event

Hundreds participated in Kosovo's first ever Pride parade in the capital, Pristina on Tuesday, despite a wave of threats and derogatory language on social media after the event was first announced. The celebration, "In the name of love", was marked by music, short speeches, and the usual exuberant waving of rainbow flags. Only a few people opposed the event aimed at promoting gay rights in the Muslim-majority country. Young people held anti-LGBT signs as supporters of the parade marched through Mother Theresa Square. The event was backed by Kosovo's president, Hashim Thaci, Minister of European Integration Dhurata Hoxha, and several other ambassadors and civil society leaders. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, who opened the Week of Pride, did not participate in the event.

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