While Croatian Parliament debates flies and elephants, same-sex couples face discrimination in everyday life. MPs’ proclamations beginning with the well known: “We are not homophobic, but…” end in refusal to recognize problems encountered by same-sex couples and in denial of fundamental human rights to sexual minorities.
The Team for Legal Changes of Iskorak and Kontra launched a public campaign to draw attention to this discrimination and to encourage citizens of the Republic of Croatia to question their homophobia. During the month of May “educational” billboards will be placed in four cities – Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Osijek – and distribution of flyers will be organized as well.

The campaign got underway on April 27th, 2007 when billboards were placed in Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Osijek, and promo flyers were distributed to Croatian politicians in front of the Croatian Parliament.

Activists of Team for Legal Changes met with MPs in front of the building of the Croatian Parliament, talked to them and invited them to solve homophobia test. The first interviewed MP, Ms. Božica Šolić (CDU) stated that “90% of Croatian citizens identify as Roman Catholics and that a minority should not rape majority.” MP Mr. Slaven Letica (independent MP) said that he supported the campaign and he would support law extending scope of rights to same-sex couples, particularly as regards to inheritance rights, the right to acquire citizenship, rights to health and pension insurance and rights to criminal procedure. MP Mr. Nenad Staić (SDP) expressed his support to grant more rights to same-sex couples. This was also the opinion of MP Mr. Zlatko Kramarić (CSLP) who affirmed he would support such a law. Another CDU representative, Mr. Andrija Hebrang, shook hands with activist Ms. Sanja Juras, thanked her for the test and said he would examine it. MP Mr. Pejo Trgovčević (CPR) commented that he would explore this subject since he is a member of the Parliamentary Committee for “that kind of stuff”. When asked what “that kind of stuff” meant, he replied: “human rights”.

Billboards are placed on four locations in Zagreb – on Grahor Street, Dorđić Street, Držić Street (in front of the Main Bus Station) and on the New Branimir Street. In each of other 3 towns two billboards are allocated – in Rijeka (on Krešimir Street, Rijeka’s beltway), in Osijek (on Strossmayer Street and Trpimir Street) and in Split (on Vukovar Street and Velebit Street). Simultaneously, flyers with the test on the level of homophobia and intolerance towards lesbians, gays and bisexual persons will be distributed on these dates:

May 3rd, 2007 – Zagreb
May 10th, 2007 – Rijeka
May 14th, 2007 – Split
May 22nd, 2007 – Osijek

In Zagreb the flyers will be distributed on the Governor Josip Jelačić Square (the central city square) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In other towns exact time and place is yet to be confirmed.