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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA...
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From September 2001 to July 2005, I lived in Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) working for an international organization. I lived in both Sarajevo and Banja Luka. I traveled throughout Bosnia Herzegovina as well as to other parts of the former Yugoslavia -- Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.
In Sarajevo I worked with the local LGBT group.
LGBTs in BiH are very closeted because society is very homophobic regardless of religion (atheist, Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, etc). All of the LGBTs I knew/know in BiH fear that if their family finds out about their sexual orientation/behavior that they will be disowned. Some lesbians are more open than others (gays, bisexuals, transgender).
A male homosexual I know has been repeatedly physically attacked in Banja Luka because he is suspected of being gay. The police will not assist or protect him or punish the perpetrators.
Discrimination against LGBTs is prevalent, widespread, and accepted. Any laws regarding prohibiting discrimination against LGBTs exist only on paper in order to impress the international community, and are not respected or enforced.
I have been told that many (most?) gay men in BiH do not use condoms because they cannot afford to buy condoms.
LGBTs in BiH live a very limited and precarious existence. Given the prevalence of violence and discrimination, LGBTs from BiH should be allowed asylum in other countries. LGBTs cannot live a normal, safe, productive, full life in BiH.
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