Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community in Bulgaria

An introduction to LGBT life in Bulgaria, with details of events and current laws affecting the gay community...

Bulgaria has a fairly conservative attitude towards homosexuality although this is changing since Bulgaria's accession to the EU. The main gay communities are situated in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is forbidden in the areas of employment, housing, education and the provision of goods and services.

Gay Information in Bulgaria

  • BulGayria: Gay web portal with news, an agenda and gay guides for cities and towns in Bulgaria including Varna and Sunny Beach
  • BGLesbian: Information and links for bisexual and lesbian women in Bulgaria
  • GayNewsBG: Bulgarian gay news website (in Bulgarian)
  • Sofia Gay Guide: Guide to gay resources for Bulgaria's capital city

Gay Events

Since 2008, a gay pride event has taken place in Sofia each June.

Same-sex Couples

There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples in Bulgaria, although this is under debate.