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Guide to resources on LGBTQ+ in Eastern Europe: Slovenia

Slovenia Overview

LGBT map of Slovenia


Slovenia decriminalised same sex relationships in 1977, and since its independence from the Yugoslav Federation in 1991, it has introduced a number of provisions to safeguard LGBT rights. Though in some places it is still fighting discrimination, its membership in the EU has had a very positive impact on LGBT rights. Ljubljana, the capital city held its first Gay Pride in 2001. In February 2016 Parliament voted for recognition of same sex marriages. Gay and Lesbian couples are also allowed to adopt children.  Ljubljana is a member of the Rainbow City Networks. In our guide you will find several publications completed in collaboration with this network.


Academic research

The Ljubljana faculty of Social Sciences does not have a dedicated department to Queer Studies but the LGBTQ topics are researched at different faculties:






Selected articles


Repositories and catalogues


Data and statistics


Reports and analysis


  • Legebitra - an NGO working in areas of social welfare, health, youth and awareness raising [in Slovene, English]. 

  • DIH - an NGO working towards better understanding, visibility, awareness and representation of LGBTQIA+ people and topics in order to fight discrimination and achieve equality and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons [in SloveneEnglish]. 

  • Društvo Parada Ponosa - The Pride Parade Association was founded in 2009 by the members of Slovenian LGBTIQ+ NGOs, as a result of the increasing scope of the Pride Parade in Ljubljana. Since its founding, the Association has organized 10 annual Pride Parades and accompanying cultural and political festivals [in SloveneEnglish]. 

  • Institute Transfeminist - Transfeminist Initiative TransAkcija Insitute enables support, informing, empowerment and alliance of transgender and gender non-conforming persons in Slovenia, and is the first and only non-govermental organization devoted to human rights of transgender persons the country [in SloveneEnglish]. 



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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