The Ministry of Culture in Serbia has decided to give 2,500 GBP to a Serbian GLBT news website.
An adviser to the then Minister for Culture, Bora ÄorÄ‘eviÄ‡, told the press: "he has no intention to give money to faggots."
"This is a big step for the gay-lesbian population in Serbia, which received for the first time a support from the State, which is financed back also by them through taxes and contributions, and which did not do a lot till now regarding the respect of gay-lesbian rights," said Predrag M. Azdejkovic, Editor in Chief of the Queeria Web Portal.
Serbia, along with the Western-Balkans, are potential candidate for EU accession, and thus need to do a lot of work fighting homophobia if then want to get in.
The country has had gay marches since 2001, but every time something is organized there is a clear and present risk of it being attacked violently by neo-fascists.
Two-thirds of Serbs consider homosexuality an illness and half want their government to work to prevent it.
An estimated 70% of gay people have been physically assaulted or know another gay person who has.