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Guide to resources on LGBTQ+ in Eastern Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Overview

LGBT map of Bosnia and Herzegovina


Bosnia-Herzegovina decriminalized homosexuality in 1991. LGBTQ rights are protected by a comprehensive anti discriminatory law which was passed in 2016. There are no dedicated academic institutions or university level departments that are directly dealing with LGBT. Up until 2012, before it discontinued it, the Sarajevo State University offered a two year Masters program in gender studies, through which LGBT topics were also covered. Sarajevo has a thriving Civil Society which works on LGBT and it hosts the annual International Queer Film Festival Merlinka since 2013. Sarajevo will host its first Pride Parade in 2019




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  • - a BH virtual platform set up by SoC covering current multimedia content about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people, as well as LGBTI culture, public policies and rights [in Bosnian].




  • Sarajevo Open Centre (SoC) works towards promoting LGBTQI rights. It is an independent, feminist and civil society organisation. It also works on gender related issues. It is one of the biggest and most active non-Governmental Institutions to promote LGBTQI and Gender rights in the country. SoC hosts its own library and borrowing of books is for free. They run their own media portal [in Bosnian and English].

  • Association Q is the first registered organisation in Bosnia-Herzegovina to work on LGBTIQ issues. It works towards challenging societal prejudices against LGBTQ persons through organising events, and policy related research [in Bosnian].

  • Association Okvir - committed to the promotion and protection of culture, identity and human rights of LGBTIQA persons [in Bosnian].
  • LibertaMo - an association that promotes the strengthening of the rights of LGBT people and women's rights through feminist theory and practice [in Bosnian].
  • Tuzlanski otvoreni centar - an independent, non-political and non-profit organization promoting active citizenship through political education and advocating for human rights of marginalized groups through equality policies [in Bosnian].



This guide is produced and curated by UCL SSEES Library as part of the UCL European Institute’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Programme 2019.   


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