Belgrade’s mayor says authorities in Serbia’s capital are setting up temporary housing for gays and lesbians rejected by their families.
Mr Dragan Djilas says “it is shameful that we live in a country where someone could give up their own child because of their sexual orientation.”
A gay rights group, Gay Straight Alliance, said in a report today that violence and harassment against the gay population is on the rise in Serbia.
The Balkan country’s pro-EU government has pledged to protect gay rights as part of reform needed to join the bloc, but critics say little has been done.
A gay pride march last year was cancelled because of the threat of violence from extremists, while more than 100 people were injured in violent clashes during the 2010 event.