Homosexuality has been legal in Croatia since 1977. The status of same sex relationships was officially recognised in 2003 under the Law on Unregistered Cohabitations. In 2014 Croatian Parliament voted the Life Partnership Act which grants LGBT persons same rights as heterosexual couples, without the right to adopt children. Croatia has an academic community which is dedicated to the research to LGBT and Gender studies.
An overview of rights and legal acts by ILGA Europe [in English].
Country ranking by ILGA Europe [in English].
Centre for Women Studies is the first non-institutional educational centre in Croatia. It was founded by a group of feminists, theorists and scholars, peace activists and artists in 1995. The Centre provides an interdisciplinary program and expert knowledge on women’s issues and is a meeting point for academic discourse, artistic practice, activist engagement.
Bilić, B., & Radoman, M. (2019). Lesbian activism in the (post-)Yugoslav space : Sisterhood and unity.
Mlinaric, M. (2017). Dissense über sexuelle Differenz in Serbien und Kroatien eine qualitative Dispositivanalyse postjugoslawischer Massenmedien (2009-2013) und quantitative Sekundärdatenauswertung der European Values Study (2008) zu Homophobie im Westbalkan. (Forschungen zu Südosteuropa ; Band 15). Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag.
Bilić, B., & Kajinic, S. (2016). Intersectionality and LGBT activist politics : Multiple others in Croatia and Serbia. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
Bilić, B. (2016). LGBT activism and Europeanisation in the post-Yugoslav space : On the rainbow way to Europe. (Palgrave studies in European political sociology). Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
Hassenstab, Ramet, Hassenstab, Christine, & Ramet, Sabrina P. (2015). Gender (in)equality and gender politics in Southeastern Europe : A question of justice.
Fejes, N., & Balogh, A. (2012). Queer visibility in post-socialist cultures. Bristol: Intellect books.
Kahlina, K. (2013). Sexual Politics of Belonging: Sexual Identities, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Post-Yugoslav Croatia. (Unpublished doctoral theses). Central European University.
Antulov, S., Bertoša M. (2011). “Beyond Morality.” Discourse on Homosexuality in Croatian Newspapers from the Sociosemiotic Perspective: Comparison of Two Periods, sic Vol.1(2).
Butterfield, N. (2017). Imagined Rural/Regional Spaces: Non-Normative Sexualities in Small Towns and Rural Communities in Croatia. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(13), 1-25.
Bonfiglioli, Kahlina, & Zaharijević. (2015). Transformations of gender, sexuality and citizenship in South East Europe. Women's Studies International Forum, 49, 43-47.
Kahlina, K. (2015). Local histories, European LGBT designs: Sexual citizenship, nationalism, and "Europeanisation" in post-Yugoslav Croatia and Serbia. Women's Studies International Forum, 49, 73-83.
Croatia hate crime data by OSCE ODIHR [in English].
European LGBT Survey, 2012. FRA Europe [in English].
ECRI - Country monitoring in Croatia. Reports, 1998 - 2018 [in English].
Life on the Margins: Survey Results of the Experiences of LGBTI People in Southeastern Europe. World Bank Group, September 2018 [in English].
Violence against lesbians, gays and bisexuals in Croatia: research report by Aleksandra Pikić, Ivana Jugović / Lesbian group Kontra, 2006 [in English].
Lesbian Group Kontra is a feminist non-governmental organization working on lesbian human rights. It was founded by women who were feminist activist groups and founders of first lesbian group in Croatia – Lila Initiative (1989). Their Library owns over 800 books and 100 films, see their LGBT library catalogue [in Croatian, English].
Zagreb Pride is a queer-feminist and anti-fascist organization committed to activism for solidarity and equality. Zagreb Pride manages the page the Same-sex Life Partnership Act [in Croatian, English].
Dugine Obitelji NGO for LGBT persons who would like to become parents [in Croatian].
Iskorak, Civil Society Organisation offering psychological support and free legal aid to LGBT persons [in Croatian].
TransAid an Association for the protection of Trans rights [in Croatian].
Centre for Civic Initiatives in Porec [in Croatian].