Serbia's new government will include its first openly gay minister.
For a country where Gay Pride was banned until two years ago due to violence and an anti-gay government, this is a big step. The country is also in negotiations to join the EU by 2020, of which implementing better LGBT protections is a condition .
Aleksander Vucic, who will be the prime minister by the end of this week, has said he intends to appoint Ana Brnabic as his new Minister of Public Administration.
He said that, while it may draw public attention in a Balkan conservative country, "She is not hiding her sexuality, she speaks about it proudly."’ He further stated in a news conference that he is only interested in how ‘professional’ and ‘hardworking’ she is.
The Serbian Gay Straight Alliance has welcomed the decision as a "historic" moment.
"This is a huge step in creating a society of equal opportunities which identifies the equality and expertise of people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or any other personal characteristic," a spokesperson said. "The participation of LGBTI people in politics is crucial for increasing tolerance, reducing discrimination and violence against the LGBTI population in Serbia."