Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Bulgaria

Bulgaria LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

In 1858 homosexual acts were first made legal by the Ottoman empire, but in 1878 following the liberation of Bulgaria homosexuality again became illegal.  It wasn’t until 1968 that a revision of the penal code made it once again legal.

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? No

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? No

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes, since 2003

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Some

Right to legally change gender is allowed

Cultural Points of Interest:

In 2008 hate groups in Bulgaria held “Week of Intolerance” leading up to Sofia’s first pride march.  Unfortunately, Bulgaria suffers from high levels of homophobia.


Sofia Pride – The main website for Sofia Pride, provides all the details you need concerning the annual pride events. – Bulgayria ( is a web site about the news on gay/lesbian/homosexual/queer life in Bulgaria. The gay guide includes the list of gay bar, disco and cruising in Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Rousse, Bourgas, map of Sofia (other maps will be added), listing of parties in Spartacus Disco.

G-Spotbg – LGBT community portal in Bulgaria.

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