LGBT Organizations Bulgaria:
Foundation Bilitis. In the first few years since its inception, Bilitis Resource Center was working primarily on the grassroots level with the purpose to contribute to the social inclusion of lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people. Typical activities of that period were the organizing of self-support groups for lesbians and bisexual women, leadership camps, sports activities, and discussion clubs. Since 2005, Bilitis became co-organizer of the annual LGBT cultural fest at the Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia, which exhibits art work of LGBT artists, and increases the visibility of queer art in Bulgaria. Besides being a unique cultural event, the LGBT festival also became a platform for voicing the opinions of LGBT people on topics of interest to them, such as the media coverage of LGBT issues, the same-sex registered partnerships, and instances of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender expression.
In 2009, in partnership with a wide informal group of LGBT activists, Bilitis coorganized the second annual LGBT pride event in Sofia, that was held on June 27 under the motto “Rainbow Friendship”. Our participation in the preparation and carrying out of this event raised our confidence that we are capable of doing national-level advocacy work for LGBT rights.
LGBT Youth Organization “Deystvie” is a non-profit human rights organization, formed in the beginning of 2010 and officially registered in May 2012.
Its main purposes are ensuring and defending the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, fighting against homophobia, overcoming society’s disinformation regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and developing a confident young LGBT community in Bulgaria.
GLAS /Gays and Lesbians Accepted in Society/ is a non-governmental organization which aims to deliver positive change for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Bulgaria, ensuring full equality and protection from all forms of discrimination. GLAS Foundation, established in 2014, focuses on headline targets like positive representation of the LGBTI community in the society, working with parents of gay people and holding public campaigns combating homophobic hate crimes and promoting tolerance.
Single Step’s mission is to help LGBTI (“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex”) youth, their families, friends and allies in Bulgaria through the process of recognizing, coming out and affirming their sexual orientation and gender identity.
We fully realize that this process is challenging, long and unique to each individual but we are here to help you make that essential first step. We believe this is the only way to create a viable, tight and proud community.The actual initiatives to execute our mission include: helpline, online chat, community center which will provide one-on-one sessions with a trained professional, peer group meetings, and a venue for community events.
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee was established on 14 July 1992 as an independent non-governmental organisation for the protection of human rights.
The objectives of the committee are to promote respect for the human rights of every individual, to stimulate legislative reform to bring Bulgarian legislation in line with international human rights standards, to trigger public debate on human rights issues, to carry out advocacy for the protection of human rights, and to popularise and make widely available human rights instruments.
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