Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Romania

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Romania

Romania LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? No

◊  However, as part of the EU Romania must recognize same-sex relationships registered in other EU states.

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? No

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes

◊  Since 2000, Romania legislation has specifically forbidden Anti-gay discrimination in areas “including employment, the provision of and access to goods and services, housing, education, health care, audiovisual programming, the justice system, other public services and social security.”  In terms of prosecuting crimes, persons involved in homophobic related hate crimes also receive a higher sentence.

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Yes

Since 1996, it is possible for someone who had undergone sex reassignment surgery to legally change their sex on official documents/paperwork.

Cultural Points of Interest:

Operating online, Angelicuss TV is Romania’s first homosexual TV channel.

In 2006, Romania was named by Human Rights Watch as one of five countries in the world that had made “exemplary progress in combating rights abuses based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Websites: –  is a portal in Romania that provides news on LGBT related topics in Romania and concerning worldwide gay issues.

Angelicuss – is an online magazine for Romania providing useful information, news, and chat/blog material.

ACCEPT –  the organizers of the annual GayFest pride march, and the only LGBT organization in the country.

Romania Gay News – Provides information relevant for the Romanian LGBT community.


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