The murder of the 25-year-old student Michail Stoyanov in Sofia’s Borissova Gradina park in 2008, by a group of young men who told police they had wanted to “cleanse the park of gays”, is the latest climax of hate crimes against members of the LGBT minority in Bulgaria. But in the country’s laws, homophobia, which is widespread, is not recognized as an aggravating factor for crimes, which means there might me more recent cases of this kind nobody knows about.
However, many gays in Bulgaria become victims of physical violence. Yet another minority, the LGBT community, does not get any support from the government or the lawmakers, or from anyone.
Imanuel Marcus spoke to Radoslav Stoyanov, who is responsible for communication, campaigns and legal programmes at the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.
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