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Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Hungary

Hungary LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes, since 1961

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? Yes

◊ Since 1996 unregistered cohabitation has been recognized, and registered partnerships since 2009.

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? No

◊ No joint adoption is allowed, or even the adoption of same-sex partner’s children

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes

◊ The 2003 Act on Equal Treatment and the Promotion of Equal Opportunities forbids sexual orientation discrimination concerning employment, education, housing, health, and access to goods/services.

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Some

Cultural Points of Interest:

While this year the annual Budapest Pride march will be celebrating its 15th anniversary, the march has also been plagued by escalating levels of violence.  While the first 11 marches only had only minor disruptions, starting in 2007 the events have had more violent protests until in 2009 the parade march was completely blocked from public view.

Already, in 2010, Pride organizers have had to face disruptions caused by neo-Nazis.  A dozen neo-Nazis showed up at the opening of the Pride festival, including two youths who attacked a participant leaving the event.

Websites:

Budapest Pride –  The Budapest Pride main website, it has a complete schedule of events, and information about the local community.
http://www.budapestpride.hu/en

PinkVanilla.hu – LGBT portal providing news and forums.
http://pinkvanilla.hu/

Labrisz Lesbian Association – A local lesbian organization which besides providing social space, reflects on the social position of lesbian and bisexual women in a more organized form.
http://www.labrisz.hu/english

Pride.hu – Information and social portal for the Hungarian LGBT community.
http://pride.hu/

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in the UK

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in the UK

UK LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? Yes

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? Yes

◊   Joint and stepchild adoption since 2005 (England and Wales), 2009 (Scotland)

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes

◊   Discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal in housing, employment and the provision of goods and servicesLegislature

Concerning Gender Identity? Yes

The Gender Recognition Act also gave transsexuals the right to change their legal gender.

Cultural Points of Interest:

London hosted Europride 2006, and is planned to host Worldpride 2012.

Websites:

Gay Pride UK – a site that provides in-depth information on pride events happening in the UK.
http://www.gay-pride.org.uk

Pink Paper – an excellent source of news, entertainment, health, jobs and general information for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.
http://news.pinkpaper.com/

LGBT History Month – resource that describes the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.
http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

Pride London – official site for the annual Pride London festival, two weeks of theatre, music, debate, art and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBT people around the world.
http://www.pridelondon.org

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.

Websites:

Sofia Pride – The main website for Sofia Pride, provides all the details you need concerning the annual pride events.  http://www.sofiapride.info/en

Gay.bg – Bulgayria (gay.bg) 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. http://www.gay.bg/

G-Spotbg – LGBT community portal in Bulgaria.
http://www.g-spotbg.com/

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Croatia

Croatia LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes , since 1977

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? Yes and No

◊ No registered partnerships or marriage allowed, but unregistered cohabitation recognized since 2003 (so partners living together for 3 or more years receive the same rights concerning inheritance and financial support as unmarried cohabiting couples).

◊ In 2005 legislation was proposed to allow civil unions, but was rejected by parliament.

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? As individuals

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Some

Right to change gender allowed, and anti-discrimination legislation since 2009

Cultural Points of Interest:

Since 2006 Croatia has had legislation concerning hate crimes, and this legislation was first used to prosecute a man that attempted to attack Zagreb Pride in 2007 with Molotov cocktails.

Websites:

Zagreb-pride.netOfficial website for Zagreb Pride, it provides a complete program and information on the events that make up Zagreb pride. http://www.zagreb-pride.net

Gay.hr – News and information for the Croatia LGBT community. http://kuga.gay.hr

Lesbian Group Kontra – A Croatian non profit based in Zagreb that promotes lesbian rights.  The group provides various resources to the local lesbian community. http://www.kontra.hr

Gay Friendly Croatia – A great site providing information for gay friendly travel in Croatia.  In 2009 they published the first Zagreb City Gay Guide, which was supported by the local Zagreb tourism board.  http://www.friendlycroatia.com

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Greece

Greek LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? No

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? No

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? No

Anti-discrimination Laws? Some

While sexual orientation is not a protected discrimination category in the Greek Constitution, there are EU laws in place that prevent sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Some

Transexuals are exempted from military conscription

Cultural Points of Interest:

There are well-known gay scenes on some of the Greek Islands, in particular Myconos for gay men, and the island of Lesbos for women.

Websites:

Athens Pride - website for the annual Athens pride festival.
http://www.athenspride.eu

GGP – a Gay Greece portal providing travel information and cultural resources.
http://www.gaygreece.gr/

Sapphites – is a Greek portal with resources concerning rights, legislation, and gay-friendly sites.
http://sapphogr.net/

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Russia

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Russia

Russia LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? No

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? Not really

◊ If you are single you can adopt children regardless of sexual orientation, but same-sex couples can not adopt children

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes, since 1993

◊ However, do to homophobia in the military, most choose not to serve openly.

Anti-discrimination Laws? No

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Yes

Transexual and Transgender people can change their legal gender after undergoing medical procedures.

Cultural Points of Interest:

“Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia” is a book by David Tuller describing his travels exploring the underground gay world in Russia.

Websites:

Gay Russia is a Human Rights portal for the LGBT community in Russia.  It was founded by activist Nikolai Alekseev, and aims to raise awareness about LGBT issues in Russia.
http://www.gayrussia.ru

Gay.ru – A forum and community site for the Russian LGBT community.  The website has information in both Russian and English, and over 15,000 articles/documents providing information for visitors to gay.ru.
http://www.gay.ru