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Homosexuality was legalized in 1858 in all parts of Ottoman Empire, so Bulgaria as part of it legalized it too.
Since 2015, people who have undergone sex reassignment surgery are protected with an amendment to the Protection Against Discrimination Act of 2003.
Transgender people who haven't undergone surgery could use 'gender' from the list of protected grounds.
However, single individuals regardless of sexual orientation are allowed to adopt, though requests from single men are rarely accepted.
Lesbian couples do not have access to IVF and artificial insemination, as it is only available to married opposite-sex couples.
Nevertheless, since 2004, single lesbian women have had access to IVF.
A 2002 Pew Global Attitudes Project survey recorded that 37% of Bulgarians thought homosexuality should be accepted by society, and the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project survey recorded that acceptance had risen to 39%.
According to a 2008 survey, conducted in 15 schools throughout Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv, 10.5% of students identified as bisexual, whereas 1.8% identified as gay and 87.7% as straight.
Of these students, 15% said they wouldn't want a gay friend and 29% said they would categorically refuse to sit next to a gay classmate.
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has been banned since 2004, with discrimination based on "gender change" being outlawed since 2015.
Bulgaria, like most countries in Central and Eastern Europe, tends to be socially conservative when it comes to such issues as homosexuality.
In 2008, a 25-year-old student was brutally killed in a park in Sofia in because he was perceived to be gay.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating