In a country as small as Montenegro, news of one's own demise travels fast.

Last July, Zdravko Cimbaljevic was more than a little surprised to read his own obituary in the local newspaper.

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Published a day before the country's first Pride event ever, here's a rough translation. And a WARNING, the following contains obscene language:

'With his blown-out ass, we announce that on the day of July 24 2013 in 12 a.m., in front of the Walls of The Old Town Budva, his soul will depart in death, our afflicted and never overfucked brother … ZDRAVKO CIMBALJEVIC. Commemoration of the dearly screwed deceased will be held in former Government building.'

Cimbaljevic, the Balkan nation's first openly gay man, was preparing for a very precarious Pride indeed -- a march in the seaside city of Budva on July 24.

"But for me, I would be dead tomorrow," the 30-year-old tells the Huffington Post. "On the day of Pride."

"I was shocked. I didn't know that someone could go this far to do this kind of thing. I had gotten death threats, but for someone to prepare this for a newspaper and then print it and put it in the streets of Budva... it's insane to me."

The question would haunt him. Would he march in Pride? Would he keep that grim appointment?

"As an LGBT activist, as a gay man in public, who represents the community, I couldn't show my fear. I said to the community, they shouldnt be afraid because of this. We should go out on the streets tomorrow and protest and have Pride."

The next day, Cimbaljevic stepped outside and marched in the country's first Pride event, chanting alongside some 120 activists, 'Kiss the gays."

The mobs attended too. Their chant?

"Kill the gays."

And they came in far, far greater numbers.

The march turned into a run -- a desperate flight from raging hordes. The battered group was driven into the sea, where, finally, they were evacuated by boats.

"They had actually blocked the roads. They were throwing all the furniture they could lift -- glasses, bottles, bricks, everything."

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To say Montenegro tolerates gays would be painfully generous.

It wasn't any easier last weekend, when undaunted gay rights supporters hazarded another march this time in the capital city of Podgorica. About 60 people were injured, after firebombs entered the mix.

The reaction was perhaps not surprising in a country where a survey from Ipsos Research found more than two-thirds of the population liken homosexuality to a disease -- and 80 per cent saying it should be neither seen nor heard in public.

Indeed, the government, under Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, is seen to be only reluctantly backing a recent law prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people -- in order to curry favour with the European Union it hopes to join.

Just ask the organizer of that first tiny, battered Pride march in Budva how much that law is worth.

In 2010, even before coming out as a gay man, Cimbaljevic was brutally attacked by a neighbour while walking his dog -- screaming hate. And showering him with kicks.

Then came an invitation from Canada. Would he attend Vancouver's Pride Parade in September and serve as its international grand marshal?

Cimbaljevic didn't hesitate.

'I wanted to share my experience with people here, especially young people who sometimes forget what kind of society they live in," he explains. "There are societies where we can't even fight for our basic rights."

Indeed, imagine taking a walk in Cimbaljevic's shoes, in Niksic, the academic town at the foot of Montenegro's Mount Trebjesa, where he was born.

He returned there in 2010.

"I literally walked 100 metres and I couldn't walk any more," he recalls. "People were coming out of the bars with glass ashtrays, everything -- to hit me."

Police officers had to intervene, putting him in a car and driving him back to the capital of Podgorica. Away from Niksic, the city "where I was born, grew up, where my family lives."

He found little quarter from family, his father having cut him off completely years earlier. Then there was his mother.

'After some time, my mother said, 'Even though I don't support what you do because of the danger you face, you're my son, I can't reject you.'

"That was the best thing to happen to me in these three years."

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After an all-too-brief respite in Vancouver, Cimbaljevic returned to Montenegro -- and to his home, where people spat on him regularly, hurled rocks, even trained their dogs to attack him.

Cimbaljevic wanted to know if the prosecutor had charged anyone from the July attacks on Pride. Or even the neighbour who had attacked him years earlier.

The judicial system gave him nothing.

'It didn't matter for the prosecutor," he says. "If someone wants to kill us it's not a priority for them."

Cimbaljevic spent the next month and a half in his apartment, because he didn't want to provoke neighbours by stepping outside.

And he hoped against hope for news from the prosecutor.

Still, nothing. He had lost 15 kilograms already. It was time to go to Canada, as a refugee, "because i couldn't live there."

Today, he's living in Vancouver, awaiting a final decision on whether he will be accepted as a landed immigrant in Canada.

And feeling somewhat miserable about he left behind.

But then there was last weekend. Another Pride event on the streets of Podgorica. The same sad story -- tear gas, tears, hatred and hurt.

Organizers of the March say nearly 2,000 officers were dispatched to shield some 200 marchers -- and those officers didn't buckle, even when mobs tried to charge the line at various points. One even broke his leg. Dozens more officers -- and protesters -- were injured.

But there was also triumph.

"As of today, gay people are no longer invisible in Montenegro," organizer Danijel Kalezic told the Associated Press. "From today, these streets are ours as well."

And there was Zdravko Cimbaljevic. Alive, even if in exile. But beaming back to the marchers from a cell phone, via Skype. And inspiring a sense of Pride.

"People were seeing my face on the phone and they were running to the phone and saying, 'Oh my God, Zdravko is here."

They sent kisses and shouted his name.

"It was really emotional for me. I was crying a lot."

This is the image they saw. The sign he is holding reads, 'I am at Pride too.'

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  • New York

    From Scott G. Brown aka Gene Brown, a member and participant of the 1969 Stonewall Inn raid and riots: "My ailing health has prevented me from making this 1,200 mile trip by Bus for next week's Pride Parade, but I can, truthfully, say that I was there in June 2011."

  • Washington, D.C.

    From Ashley Bartolome: "I took these photos at the Pride Parade in Washington, DC on June 9, 2012." What I love about pride is not only seeing but feeling the acceptance of everyone there. Gays, lesbians, heterosexuals and families attend every year supporting with cheers and smiles. I make it a point to attend pride every year not just for myself, but to give a voice and be a face for all LGBT people who can't speak up due to their closets or fears. I want to show them that it's ok to be who they are and there are countless Americans who accept them. I also like to be there out of respect for the LGBT who have been killed by others - or by their own hands - because of their sexuality.

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

    From Welton Trindade, journalist and a gay activist: "I took part of Sao Paulo LGBT Parade. The march was realized on Sunday, June 10. That was the 16th edition of the event. Well, I wanted to show my body but a parade, in my opinion, is not just fun! So I've decided to show my muscles and, in the same time, to send a good message. The solution: to write 'Poder gay' (or 'Gay power') on my chest! It was a great experience!"

  • Zurich, Switzerland

    Vorstand, the organization team from the Zurich Pride Festival is meeting Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, from left: Chriss, Patrik, Nathalie, Simonetta Sommaruga and David.

  • Berlin, Germany

    From Eva Adams: "Hundreds of thousands came out to celebrate gay rights in Berlin this year and I had the privilege of riding on a hetero-leaning wagon in support...It was extra special to land at the Reichstag with tens of thousands behind us celebrating love and tolerance. I'm not able to pick a best photo but needed to share. Thanks for your project!"

  • Bologna, Italy

    From Marilena: "I was at this year's national italian Gay Pride in Bologna! It was my first pride and it was amazing! I felt surrounded by so much love and most of all I felt safe and proud of who I am! Baci!"

  • Brussels, Belgium

    From Evert Hermans & Birger De Rese: "We've been married for 4 years now. We're proud to have in Belgium legalized same sex marriage!"

  • Seoul, South Korea

    From Nate Meyer: "I am an American teaching English here in South Korea, I recently

  • West Hollywood, California

    From married couple Andi & Carissa: "Our pup Simon enjoyed his first Pride Parade in West Hollywood on June 10!"

  • Shanghai, China

    From Abby Lavin, a volunteer with shanghaiPRIDE, who shares this image of a "Pink Picnic" (photo taken by Linda Li)

  • Tel Aviv, Israel

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  • Gran Canaria, Spain

    From Chris Wadsworth: "This is (left to right) myself, Gareth and Daniel at Maspalomas GayPride 2012 in Gran Canaria, Spain. The whole island (and thousands from all over Europe) turn up for the week long event every May to celebrate and meet LGBT people from all over the world!"

  • Meridas, Mexico

    From Memo Macas: "It was the first time that I ever participated in the event and I really enjoyed it, next year I'll go with my boyfriend to Mexico City's Pride Parade."

  • Baton Rouge, Louisana

    From Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge: "We made history in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 23, with the first ever statewide Equality March. Here's a picture of both the youngest and the oldest marchers!"

  • Philadelphia

    From Daniel Douglass, founder/director of Flaggots: "Here's a photo of FLAGGOTS performing to Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' at Philly Pride, June 10. FLAGGOTS are a group of friends from the color guard and drum corps community that come together to celebrate Pride in a most fabulous way. Founded in 1991, they have performed in at least one pride event a year for 23 consecutive years.'

  • Chicago

    From Karen Belgrad: "At my friend's apartment, overlooking the parade route, he casually tosses out beads...and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel catches them with ease! OK, and a little lunging!)"

  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sergeant Don Mueller and LAX Airport Police Officer David Ayala celebrate pride as they prepare to march with over 60 other openly gay officers in the 2012 West Hollywood CSW Pride Parade.

  • Waikiki, Hawaii

    From Bob Brennan: "Also there was a party at Allah Moana Beach Park. Everybody was gay that day."

  • Columbus, Ohio

    From Keli Stooksberry: The picture on the right is my friend Courtney talking to protesters. The picture on the left is of my partner DeAnna and I kissing in front of the protesters. This was my second pride and the first interaction with protesters. I was not surprised but still overwhelmed by their presence in such a wonderful and uplifting celebration. My friend Courtney had one of them speechless by the end of their conversation not by throwing obscenities his way but rather using her knowledge of scripture. Again, I was not surprised that the man she spoke with had no more knowledge of the bible than the words written on his sign but it was priceless to see him have nothing left to say because Courtney was right!

  • Baton Rouge, Louisana

    From John Desselle: "It only took what, 42 years, for Baton Rouge to have a state wide Equality March. Headed up by Capital City Alliance: www.ccabatonrouge.org, we had representatives from all over the state. About 300 people showed up for the march. Most went on to our Baton Rouge Pride Festival which was at LSU Student Union this year."

  • Queens, New York

    From Michael Cruz: "I am the Secretary of the Queens Pride Lions Club. We are the first LGBT Lions Club in NYC. Here is a photo of us marching in the Queens Pride 2012 parade on June 3."

  • Berlin, Germany

    From Teena Lashmore: "Hi from Berlin!"

  • Houston

    Melanie Pang (in pink) taking a photo with the men (and "noodles") of Jenni's Noodle House, a Houston favorite.

  • Indianapolis, Indiana

    From William George: "This is me at Indianapolis Pride 2012. I consider myself a Pride aficionado. I love all the togetherness and the fun times. This year's Indianapolis Pride was the largest the city had ever hosted, with the festival expanding to twice the size it was previously. The headliners were Deborah Cox and Cazwell. While I didn't get to see him in person, I snapped this picture next to a promotional poster of him."

  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Jenny Lee tells us: "I am the girl wearing the rainbow sarong, under the banner that says 'Coming out, coming together.' It was taken in August 22, 2011 during a Wisconsin Pride parade. None of my friends was in the event. I had just finished my run that day when I noticed that something was going on. When I realized it was a LGBTQ Pride event, I went home home, grabbed my sarong that I got in Thailand and jumped right into the parade to show my support and that's why the picture. I had only been in Madison, WI for about 3 months. I moved to the city for grad school. What I noticed about the community is that it's liberal, tolerant and I felt belong...I'm straight and I stand for equality."

  • Athens, Greece

    From gay superhero: "I didn't manage to be at the parade from the beginning, but that gave me the chance to find myself at the head of the march later, as they were going up Stadiou street. This is a central Athens street that saw a lot of disturbances during recent protests, including the death of three bank employees when their building caught fire. So it was nice to see a pacifist, colorful demonstration for a change."

  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck march in the 2012 West Hollywood CSW Pride Parade with over 60 openly gay peace officers from the LASD, LAPD, FBI and other police departments throughout southern California.

  • Toronto, Canada

    From Melissa: "This is me and my partner Jean. The first picture was taken at Toronto Pride in 2010 -- we are just up on Church Street. Our first pride and we are still very happily together 3 years later!"

  • Brooklyn, New York

    From Bob: "Five-year-old corgi Carter (recently rescued from a shelter in Alabama) steps out Brooklyn to celebrate his first LGBT Pride in New York City."

  • Philadelphia

    From right to left: Stephanie (far right) with girlfriend Jackie (left of me) along with best friends Erika and Katie at Philadelphia Pride in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge at Penns Landing.

  • New York City

    Sharon Needles performs at the Barefoot Wine Pride Kick Off Celebration in NYC on June 20.

  • Boston

    From T.J.

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  • Amarillo, Texas

    Happy Gay Pride 2012 from Amarillo, TX -- Route 66 Cadillac Ranch!

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    Happy Gay Pride 2012 from Amarillo, Texas -- Cadilliac Ranch!

  • Charleston, West Virginia

  • Boston

    From T.J.

  • Waikiki, Hawaii

    From Bob Brennan: "It was a gay (happy) sunny day on O'ahu. First there was a parade from Ala Moana Beach park to Kapiolani Park where there was a celebration. Also there was a party at Allah Moana Beach Park."

  • Detroit, Michigan

    From Gary.

  • Huntington, New York

    From Maosung Yao: "I went to [Long Island Pride] with my partner Walter last weekend and we had a good time with our friends as well. The pride was great even thought it was small.

  • Denver, Colorado

    From Adam Barnhardt: "I'm the one with the rainbow mohawk, the one with the Pink hair and football gear is Emilio Cordova, and the one in white with the body paint is Loa Brannigan. We were featured in Metro State's student newspaper for our bizarre homemade outfits and all around theatrical method of showing pride in our true colors."

  • Los Angeles

    From Angela Huerta, rider: "First time [Kristin Holloway and I] participated in Dykes on Bikes!"

  • New York City

    Sharon Needles performs at the Barefoot Wine Pride Kick Off Celebration in NYC on June 20.

  • Sacramento, California

  • Washington, D.C.

    From Ashley Bartolome: "I want to show them that it's ok to be who they are and there are countless Americans who accept them. I also like to be there out of respect for the LGBT who have been killed by others -- or by their own hands -- because of their sexuality."

  • Washington, D.C.

    The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a multicultural youth agency for youth of all backgrounds with the mission to support youth and their families to live, work, and study with dignity, hope and joy. LAYC staff and youth participants walked in the parade with hand-made tie-dye t-shirts handing out candy and information about LAYC's LGBT support services. We had a fantastic time feeling the love and support of the community.

  • Phoenix

    From Betty Viveros: "I got the greatest experience to participate in my first of many PRIDE festivals in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this year. I went with a group of my closest friends who are all, like myself are huge LGBQT supporters. Walking around shirtless guys and half-naked girls never looked so hot...literally. It hit 100 degrees that weekend!"

  • New York City

    Sharon Needles fans root her on at the Barefoot Wine Pride Kick Off Celebration on June 20.

  • Providence, Rhode Island

    From Mark Peters, who took this photo of Providence's "Nighttime Illuminated Pride Parade" on June 16.

  • Boston

    Miss Trans New England

  • Washington, D.C.

    Jeff, Sal and Michael enjoy beverages in the scorching heat.