The public opinion of Bulgarians on LGBTI people, family and gender issues is still dominated by traditional stereotypes, but although slowly, skeptical opinions are changing, mainly because of people’s personal experience and contact with the topic.
In 2021, at a trans community event, a presidential candidate and his followers attacked the LGBTI+ community center, Rainbow Hub. This devastating act left the community without a safe space for almost two years.
After a break in 2020, on June 12, Sofia Pride finally took place physically, attracting the largest number of visitors in its history.
In October 2020, Ivelina realized that there was an inscription in large black letters on the facade of her apartment, which read:
100% of Bulgarians are a minority of some kind, and no one is insured by hatred on the basis of this sign. Do not be indifferent: react to the hate speech and the crimes motivated by it. Find out more at stophate.bg
Attitudes Towards LGBTI People in Bulgaria – 2018
Data is from a national representative survey conducted in Bulgaria in the period August 9 – September 11, 2018 by the THB BBSS amongst 1 000 people.
Glamortal Kombat Ball
GLAS Foundation organised the first ball in Bulgaria – Glamortal Kombat Ball, based on a model of the ballroom culture. A total of 17 participants in 6 different categories voted in front of an audience of over 100 people in the National Student House – Sofia.
Different People, Equal Rights
Everyday LGBTI people face disrespect for their rights and different forms of discrimination. In response to this trend, the project “Together for the Rights of LGBTI in Bulgaria” reveals the personal stories of several inspiring personalities who are not afraid to show their true colors.