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Guide to resources on LGBTQ+ in Eastern Europe: Kosovo

Kosovo Overview

LGBT map of Kosovo

Homosexuality in Kosovo became legal in 1994 while Kosovo was still part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Since its independence in 2008, the Republic of Kosovo has put a great effort in adopting a wide range of laws and measures against discrimination of LGBT, however, it has struggled with implementation. The Kosovo government remains publicly supportive and in 2013 Parliament passed a bill to create an LGBT parliamentary coordination group. This is further regulated through the Anti-Discrimination Law from 2004, amended in 2015 to include nondiscrimination provisions for gender identities. The EU has supported LGBTQ in Kosovo, and in May 2014 it launched a project on Fight Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Kosovo held its first Pride Parade in May 2017, which was attended by the Prime Minister Hashim Tachi. 

Resources

Publications

 

Selected articles

 

Data and statistics

  • State-Sponsored Homophobia 2019, reportmap and dataset, ILGA Europe - a world survey of sexual orientation laws + older editions [in English].

 

Reports

 

Blogs

 

Audio/Visual 

  • The Marriage an award winning Kosovar film directed by Blerta Zeqiri (official trailer).

  • Qielli Po Hapet (The Sky is Turning) is a four-part documentary about the  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Kosovo. It show personal stories of acceptance and rejection, to activism and the organization of the first Pride parade. It was produced by the Kosovo 2.0 ​[English subtitles].

  • Episode 1 Stories 

  • Episode 2 Activism 

  • Episode 3 Love 

  • Episode 4 Pride 

Organisations

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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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