UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)




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 LGBTQ rights. Though in some places it is still fighting discrimination, its membership in the EU has had a very positive impact on LGBTQ rights. Ljubljana, the capital city held its first Gay Pride parade in 2001. In February 2016 Parliament voted for recognition of same-sex marriage. 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.

LGBTQ map of Slovenia

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:


Data and statistics
  • DIH - an NGO working towards a 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 Slovene, English]. 
  • 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 Slovene, 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].
  • 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-governmental organization devoted to human rights of transgender persons the country [in Slovene, English].  
  • Legebitra - an NGO working in areas of social welfare, health, youth and awareness-raising [in Slovene, English]. 
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