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Gay Guide Bulgaria
In Bulgaria the age of consent is set at 14 for both homosexuals and heterosexuals. In certain cases, sex between men under the age of 18 is illegal. Registered partnership does not exist. Bulgaria's recent inclusion into the EU has promoted some improvements, such as the introduction of new regulations against sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Since the 1st January 2004 a new anti-discrimination paragraph exists, which aims to protect gay men and lesbians from homophobic attacks, although until now no significant improvement can be mentioned. Even in the capital, Sofia, homophobia can sometimes be found in several social groups. The gay scene is small, but developing - several cities have gay places, but only Sofia has gay saunas. A conservative basis exists but the younger generation is more tolerant and the idea of tolerance is finding more ground. Politicians however are still not prepared to address the problems of the LGBT community. In the press the subject homosexuality is dismissed as unnatural behavior, but blogs and online media have a far more supportive attitude to the subject. Extremists throwing rocks, bottles and gasoline bombs attacked the Bulgarian capital's first gay pride parade event which took place on the 28th June 2008. Around 150 participants were protected by the police during the march. Since then the prides have been annual, without incidents and with increasing attendance. Bulgaria is famous for its coastline along the Black Sea; for its mountain landscape and forests; incredible ancient culture. The reasonable prices tend to attract a special type of visitor.
Cities in Bulgaria
Name: Bâlgarija · Bulgarien · Bulgarie
Location: Southeastern Europe
International country code: 359 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Area: 110,994 km² / 42,855 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Lew (Lw) = 100 Stotínki
Religions: 76% Orthodox Christian, 10% Muslim
Climate: Temperate climate, with cold damp winters and hot dry summers. Spring (Apr-Jun) is a good time to visit.