Romania

LGBTI Rights in Romania


Alex Meszaros — Identity.Education, Romania

Located in Timișoara, Romania’s third-largest city, Identity.Education was created out of a need for formal representation of the LGBTI community and a lack of spaces for the community to gather. I spoke…

ADDED ON: 09/08/2022

How Targeting LGBTQ+ Rights Are Part of the Authoritarian Playbook

In the last three decades, protections for LGBT people’s rights have advanced rapidly in many countries and regions. However, rising populist authoritarianism poses a significant threat to this progress because abolishing sexual…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2022

Their Country Banned Gay Marriage. This Lesbian Couple Got Married Anyway

On a Saturday in early July, I arrived at the Bucharest town hall to attend a very special event – my old friend Georgiana was getting married to her partner Evie. What…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2022

Romania Could Pass Russian-Style Anti-Gay “Propaganda” Law

The Romanian Senate recently passed a bill that would classify the dissemination of LGBTQ-related information as “propaganda,” following the lead of Russia and Hungary and continuing a trend of attacking civil liberties…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2022

Thousands march in Bucharest LGBTQ pride parade

Thousands of Romanians joined an LGBTQ pride march in Bucharest on Saturday ahead of planned legislation that could potentially endanger future parades and fuel discrimination. Parliament's lower house is expected to start…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2022

First Russia, Then Hungary, Now Romania Is Considering A ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law

BUCHAREST -- Romania is considering a bill that would ban minors from being exposed to so-called "gay propaganda" in schools and in public life, despite warnings from rights groups that it would…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2022

Romania threatened with legal action over ‘shameful’ LGBTQ+ ‘propaganda’ bill

A cross-party group of MEPs have called on Romania to drop a proposed law comparable to Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” ban. Romania is considering a bill that would ban the use of…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2022

Romania must reject Hungary-style anti-LGBT bill, rights groups say

Romanian human rights groups on Friday condemned a bill approved by the Senate which bans so-called gay propaganda in schools, saying it would legitimise discrimination against the LGBT community, mirroring measures seen…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2022

Queer Africans fleeing Ukraine face ‘grave danger’ even after reaching ‘so-called safe countries’

Queer African people fleeing Ukraine are facing “intersecting violence”, campaigners have warned. More than one million people have fled Ukraine since Russia declared war. However, not all refugees are being treated equally. There have been widespread reports of…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2021

Romania’s LGBT community sees gains, ongoing rights struggle

The last person jailed for being gay in Romania walked free in 1998. The country decriminalized homosexuality three years after that, in 2001, while reforming its laws to qualify for membership in…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2021

Romania’s LGBT community sees gains, ongoing rights struggle

The last person jailed for being gay in Romania walked free in 1998. The country decriminalized homosexuality three years after that, in 2001, while reforming its laws to qualify for membership in…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2021

Will Romania step up anti-LGBTQ legislation like Hungary?

Many Romanians probably do not know what the letters LGBTQ stand for, and this is hardly surprising given that sexual orientation and gender identity have not played a major role in the…

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