Deystvie is an organization dedicated to bringing change to the lives of LGBTI people in Bulgaria. Our vision is to accomplish full rights recognized by the law, and to gain full social inclusion for LGBTI people in a society where they feel safe and respected.
Youth LGBT organization Deystvie started out as an informal group of 7 people who started gathering and organizing events and campaigns.
In 2009 we organized a protest in Pazardzhik against the municipal regulation that prohibited homosexuality.
Two years later we organized an information campaign near the Sofia University and gathered around 120 people on a Bike ride.
In 2012 with 20 artists we organized the Colorful musical festival which was attended by 500 people. In the end of the festival we had a jar full of money with which we managed to register Youth LGBT organization Deystvie in the Sofia regional court.
In 2012 Denitsa went to get her second masters degree in International public law in the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. When she came back to Bulgaria in 2014, she decided that the way to change the negative social environment for LGBT people is through legislative changes. That’s why Denitsa as a co-founder of Deystvie launched the Legal program. From 2014 to 2016, supported by the Norwegian financial mechanism, Deystvie provided pro-bono legal help to over 50 people and organized seminars about discrimination, attended by over 200 participants.
In the following years the organization expanded its work. The first parenthood events were held in Sofia and Plovdiv and we also created the support group for LGBT parents. In 2015 we organized the first LGBT forum in Bulgaria on the topic of The Movement for equal rights and freedoms for the LGBT community. Since 2015 Deystvie is a part of the organizing committee for Sofia Pride. Every year we also organize Sofia Pride Film Fest with the best selection of international LGBT movies.
In 2017 we took on the first case in Bulgaria for legal recognition of a same-sex marriage, conducted abroad. We launched the project “Hate crimes” where we gathered data from the big cities in the county about homophobic and transphobic crimes and incidents. Our work in other cities continued with the initiative “Days of LGBT” in Varna, consisting of art, culture, sports and leisure events. Other projects launched in 2017 are: L.E.A.D. academy which helps identify and bring together activist from all over the country; the health program for prevention and support for people living with HIV; the project Love Moves that supports same-sex families and LGBTI.bg.
In 2018 Deystvie took on Cristina and Mariama’s case for the freedom of movement. We won it at first instance. Furthermore, we continued working on Lily and Dari’s cases against Sofia municipality and the Center for assisted reproduction. We managed to change Regulation 34 for 3-monthly prescriptions for people living with HIV. We published a report about hate crimes and we participated in the workgroup for the Istanbul convention. We started working on the coalition project with the roma and deaf communities – Equality league. For the first time we got a big supporter for Sofia Pride – Walltopia. Together with GLAS and Bilitis we opened the first LGBT community center in Bulgaria – Rainbow Hub.
In 2019 continued our work with families, parents and hate crime victims. In the Supreme court we won Cristina and Mariama’s case. We got another major support for Sofia Pride – Air Italy, and we organized the first Pride afterparty on the roof of Walltopia. We launched two new programs – one for mental health and one for young activist – Rainbow Rays.
Denitsa Ivanova +
Veneta Limberova +
Dorotea Stefanova +
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