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LGBT relationships have been legal in North Macedonia since 1996. In 2017 the Parliament established an inter-party parliamentary group to work on improving the rights of LGBTI. In March 2019 Parliament voted a new anti-discrimination law, a comprehensive legal framework against discrimination on grounds of gender identity, equal laws and provisions and discrimination in employment. The parliamentary group works directly with civil society organizations in ensuring that legislation is in line with the new anti-discrimination law. Marriage between same-sex couples remains illegal. While gays and lesbians are openly allowed to serve in the army, the adoption of children for gay couples is not legal. The first Pride Week was held in Skopje in 2013.

LGBTQ map of North Macedonia

 

Academic institutions

Resources

Books
Periodicals

Selected journal articles

Repositories
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje Repository browse by author, faculty [in Macedonian and English].
  • UGD Academic Repository a collection of scientific research publications by researchers at the University of Goce Delchev, Štip. The collection includes faculty publications, masters and doctoral theses. This repository is updated regularly, and new items are added continuously to the database [in Macedonian and English].
Data and statistics
Reports
News portals
  • BalkanInsight - a website of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, that focuses on news, analysis, commentary and investigative reporting from southeast Europe [in English].
Audio-visual
Digital libraries and archives
  • Digital Library of North Macedonia selection of digitised material from The National and University Library St Clement of Ohrid including books, periodicals, maps and audio collections, as well as some rare books from Italian Library of North Macedonia [in Macedonian]. 
Organisations
  • The Coalition “Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities” (SHRMC) - promotes the fundamental human rights of marginalized communities, with focus on LGBTI persons, drug users, people living with HIV, sex workers and marginalized women. They work directly with marginalized communities in the creation and implementation of policies. They publish on marginalized communities and on LGBT and Gender [in Macedonian, Albanian, English].
  • EGAL Equality to Gays and Lesbians - EGAL's work focuses on improving sexual health and quality of living of the LGBT population, and on overcoming homophobia in Macedonian society. They work on the development of sexual and psycho-social health of LGBT people and their families, promotion of LGBT culture, and education of LGBT people across  Macedonia. EGAL is member of AIDS Action Europe [in Macedonian, English].
  • ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey is a Regional Association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer organizations from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. [in English].
  • LGBTI support centre is subsidiary of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia located in Skopje that works on changing the legal and social status of the LGBTI people in Macedonia through community strengthening, advocacy and free legal aid [in Macedonian, Albanian, English].
  • LGBT United Tetovo - a lobbying and advocacy  NGO for LGBT rights based in Tetovo [in Macedonian, Albanian, English, Turkish, Romanian].
  • Queer Square  - an association for cultural and media activism. It works towards raising LGBT profile through events and activism [in Macedonian, English].
  • Subverziven Front - an association for a critical approach to gender and sexuality. It works towards promoting equal rights through research and policy publications. Their publications range from Handbook on how to do social work with the LGBT people in Macedonia to LGBT Political participation in the Western Balkans and protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual and gender identity. They publicise their events on their Facebook page [in Macedonian, English].
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