Bulgaria

LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria


ADDED ON: 12/24/2021

The Worrying Regression Of LGBT Rights In Eastern Europe

From physical attacks to online abuse and legislative setbacks, the LBGT community in Central and Eastern Europe had little to cheer about in 2021. Populist governments in Poland, Hungary, and elsewhere were able…

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Political Candidate Leads Attack at Rainbow Hub in Bulgaria

Note from Alturi: This piece serves as an update from an earlier profile, Lilly Dragoeva - Bilitis Foundation, Bulgaria. A follow-up to amplify the voices in Bulgaria is due to recent events…

ADDED ON: 11/06/2021

Alleged leader of Bulgaria LGBTQ community center attack charged

Bulgarian authorities have charged an ultranationalist presidential candidate in connection with an attack against an LGBTQ community center. Media reports indicate Boyan Rasate, who leads the Bulgarian National Union, has been charged…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2021

Bulgarian LGBTQ community center attacked, vandalized

SOFIA, Bulgaria — A Bulgarian LGBTQ rights group says the leader of an ultranationalist political party who is running for president led an attack against their offices and community center on Saturday.…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2021

Islamist Backlash Cancels Bulgarian LGBT Star’s Concert in Turkey

A scheduled performance at the Balkan Fair in Bursa in Turkey by pop-folk singer Vasil Trojanov Boyanov, better known by his stage name Azis, was cancelled on Monday after an Islamist conservative…

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Ivan Dimov- Single Step, Bulgaria

Ivan Dimov, founder, and chairman of Single Step Bulgaria, bore witness to a powerful story that changed his life forever. “Six years ago, I was back in Bulgaria on vacation. I was…

Lilly Dragoeva – Bilitis Foundation, Bulgaria

Lilly Dragoeva is the Executive Director of Bilitis Foundation, the oldest active LGBTI organization in Bulgaria.  Her work experience includes diverse leadership roles, social analysis, and research, and over 15 years of…

ADDED ON: 06/01/2021

Homophobic Nationalists Disrupt Bulgarian LGBT Events

A group of around 25 to 30 nationalists attempted to halt the screening in Sofia on Sunday evening of a film depicting a relationship between two women. The men appeared to be…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

More European politicians found using homophobic hate speech

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homophobic language and hate speech against transgender people are on the increase among European politicians, an advocacy group said on Tuesday as it sounded the alarm about…

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ADDED ON: 02/10/2021

Lesbian mother of stateless baby takes citizenship fight to top EU court

LONDON, Feb 9 (Openly) - A baby left without a nationality after she was born in Spain to a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar is at the centre of a test…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2021

What does the European Commission’s LGBTIQ Equality Strategy mean for CEE?

For most of emerging Europe, LGBTIQ rights and social inclusion remain contentious issues with no clear path forward. Poland and Hungary especially have seen a sharp rise in anti-LGBTIQ rhetoric and policies…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2020

Plovdiv Attacks Highlight Bulgaria’s Unsolved Homophobia Problem

Videos and witness reports show that a few days ago, in the very centre of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, groups of teenagers attacked other youngsters of the same age based on their…

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