At a glance
Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?
Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?
Legal Gender Recognition Possible?
LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?
Actions Related to SOGI at the UN:
2016: Supported IE SOGI
2019: Supported IE SOGI
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In Bulgaria, although same-sex relations are legal and discrimination based on sexual orientation is banned, LGBTIQ people still face violence and harassment. Gender identity is not explicitly mentioned in anti-discrimination laws. In 2023, the Bulgarian Supreme Court ruled that transgender people would no longer be able to change their legal name and gender markers. A majority of the public holds negative views toward LGBTIQ people. In recent years, right-wing organizations and political parties have increasingly decried “gender ideology” and used anti-LGBTIQ rhetoric for political gain. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church openly opposes LGBTIQ Pride demonstrations. At the first Bulgarian LGBTIQ Pride event in 2008, participants were attacked with weapons, including a petrol bomb. However, Pride events in Bulgaria have continued, and more people attend each year.
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