They want to be seen as a European equal.” (Anti-discrimination legislation, protecting sexual minorities, was approved by the government council in 2002 and passed by the parliament in September 2003.
It becomes law in January 2004.) “But changing the law doesn’t make individual gays feel more safe or brave,” he added.
On a visit to Romania she was threatened and harassed by police for trying to help a sick friend along a sidewalk.
Two things are happening at the same time in Bulgaria—and in other societies in modern Eastern Europe.(1) Homophobia and fear of authority are still strong.Nouveau prosperity rides around in sporty SUVs while most others walk or take a trolley, and it’s not unusual to see a manual worker driving a horse cart downtown.It’s a city of ingrained prejudice against homosexuals and a lively, rebellious and progressive activist organization.With no recourse or protection (she was not out to her family) she had to quit and move to Sofia where she could get support and counseling from LGBT Gemini.
George, who has traveled all over Europe, added that to be seen as gay is to be seen as weak, less than a ‘full’ man.We paid and left, chatted a bit more, hailed a taxi and left for our hotel.Our evening dinner was both an authentic moment and a deception; it was real and a pretense; a comfortable yet cautious passing.Soldier told of being bashed by mafia-type guys one night in a bar.At knife point she suffered a concussion after bring hit by one of them.Desislava Petrov, aka ‘Soldier’, and George Georges, a lawyer–two very different members of Bulgaria’s LGBT community.