Bulgaria: Changing laws, changing minds: Challenging homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Bulgaria
Violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is all too common in Bulgaria. Bulgaria does not have specific laws covering hate crimes carried out on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The failure of the police and judicial system to effectively address crimes against LGBT people is rooted in widespread discriminatory attitudes towards them. Bulgaria must ensure that the new Criminal Code places sexual orientation and gender identity on an equal footing with other protected grounds in relation to hate crimes.