Milica Djurdjic left and her partner, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić. Screenshot Balkan Media Tube YouTube
Serbia’s openly lesbian prime minister, 43 year old Ana Brnabić, has become a parent. Her partner, Milica Djurdjic, has given birth to a baby boy who the couple have reportedly named Igor.
"Ana Brnabić is one of the first prime ministers whose partner has given birth while in office... and the first in the world in a same-sex couple," the AFP quoted her office as saying on Wednesday. Djurdijic and baby Igor are reportedly “doing fine.”
Brnabić became prime minister of the deeply conservative country in June 2017, making history as the first female and first openly gay person to hold the office. Serbia does not recognise same-sex marriage or civil partnerships and does not allow same-sex couples to adopt. The orthodox Christian country also has deep ties to Russia and discrimination against LGBT people and homophobic attacks are widespread. Violent protests even caused the Belgrade Pride parade to be canceled for several years.
LGBT activists had high hopes for progress when Brnabić took office, however a month after she became prime minister she told The Guardian newspaper that she had no plans to push for increased LGBT rights.
“The reason why I am not focused on that now is because I deeply, truly believe Serbia will be a more tolerant society once people have jobs, better paid jobs, don’t have to care about their own livelihood, or the future of their own children, and do not have to worry about two or three generations living in the same flat,” she said.
In 2017, she became the first head of government of any Balkan country to attend a pride parade, marching at Belgrade Pride. In a speech a the event, she upset the LGBT community by saying that LGBT rights would be addressed only after important problems such as inflation, pensions and the standard of living had been resolved. Brnabić is focussed on getting Serbia into the EU, which demands that member states recognise same-sex relationships.
In 2018, LGBT activists protested against Brnabić attending Belgrade Pride. She did attend, telling Belgrade's Pride magazine "For me, this is a way to make an active contribution to dealing with stereotypes and prejudices."