Gay activists had a list of dirty laundry that had accumulated over several years.In 2001 a serious book appeared that revealed media perpetuation of negative attitudes toward homosexuality from 1970 to 2000.
The usual and unfortunate anecdotes of verbal slander, inhibited self-expression and a rare case of suicide are documented in the report.
To read it is a sad and daunting reminder of the condition of human intolerance toward people who are different.
Five minutes after leaving high tech I was in the old town square with it densely charming mix of baroque, neo-classical and art deco buildings huddled around a cobblestone plaza named after a famous Croatian—not a great military hero set astride a bronze horse and brandishing a sword.
Rather, this square is named after a 19th century poet whose visage faces across the storybook plaza toward a carved bust of his beloved fifty meters away. As the train snaked along the Sava River among forested mountains and verdant rural villages of farmers drying their hay and corn on kozolecs (hay racks with small roofs, found only in Slovenia) I felt I was passing through Austria.
(The point was made to some legislators as well who took notice and have helped lead pro-gay legislation through the thickets of parliament.) Also in 2001 a survey conducted by a gay activist group named SKUC-LL revealed high levels of discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Slovenia.