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Encyclopedia > LGBT rights in Latvia

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The democratization process in Latvia has allowed lesbians and gays to establish organizations and infrastructural elements such as bars, clubs, stores, libraries, etc. Cultural, educational and other events can be held, and lifestyles can be freely developed. However society has not reached a high level of tolerance.

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Laws against homosexuality

Male homosexuality was considered a criminal offence and a mental illness in Latvia during the Soviet period. In 1992, soon after Latvia regained independence from the USSR, homosexuality was decriminalised.[1] The age of consent is 14 for those under 18, 16 for those over 18 regardless of gender and/or sexuality. LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Russia has neither legislation against gay people nor anti-discrimination laws. ... Decriminalization is the reduction or abolition of criminal penalties in relation to certain acts. ... While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any contract or behaviour regulated by...


Military laws

Homosexuals are not officially banned from military service.


Laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

Lesbians and gays are often attacked in the streets or in the meeting places. Lesbians and gays can make no criminal charge against their attackers other than "hooliganism" [1][2]


In September 2006 a bill against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in workplace was signed. Latvia was the last country in the European Union to introduce anti-discrimination laws dealing with sexual orientation.


Recognition of same-sex relationships

Main article: Same-sex marriage in Latvia

Latvia recently made constitutional changes to ban same-sex marriages [2].   CA, CT, MD, NY, NJ, OR, RI, VT, WA See also Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      In December 2005, Latvia became the third member state of European Union (after Poland and Lithuania) to constitutionally define marriage as a union...


Gay life in Latvia

Only in the capital, Riga, is there a small gay scene. Elsewhere in Latvia, however, the sparse population means there is no gay scene. Coordinates: Founded 1201 Government  - Mayor Jānis Birks Area  - City 307. ...


Most people in Latvia are have prejudices against homosexuality, usually rooted in social conservatism and lingering preconceptions dating from the Soviet period. An example of this is the belief that homosexuality and pedophilia are linked phenomena[3]. Such popularly-held anti-gay sentiments have recently been increasingly exploited by various religious groups[4] and politicians[5]. Pedophilia or pædophilia (see spelling differences) is the paraphilia of being sexually attracted primarily or exclusively to prepubescent or peripubescent children. ...


Over the last three years, there have been violent attacks against individuals in lesbian and gay bars and cafes, police representatives have conducted unauthorized raids against such establishments to check documents and search for weapons, during the course of which establishments are often closed down and patrons are humiliated. An umbrella organisation for co-ordinating anti-LGBT rights activism in Latvia is No Pride, founded in 2006.


The organisation Mozaika unites the LGBT community, their friends, and family members in promoting tolerance towards sexual minorities and LGBT rights in Latvia's society. A sexual minority—the term is most commonly used in the plural, sexual minorities— is a group whose sexual orientation or practices differ from the majority of the surrounding society. ...


A Eurobarometer survey published on December 2006 showed that 12% of Latvians surveyed support same-sex marriage and 8% recognise same-sex couples' right to adopt (EU-wide average 44% and 33%). Eurobarometer is a survey performed by Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission since 1973. ...


References

  1. ^ Latvian Association for Sexual Equality (LASV) - letter to parliamentary commissions.
  2. ^ Anti-discrimination law in Latvia - summary for parliamentary commission of position of lesbians and gays - Euroletter 41 - April 1996)

See also

World laws on homosexuality US laws on homosexuality Legality of same-sex unions in Western Europe. ...

Links

  • Amnesty International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Poland and Latvia, 15 November 2006
  • ILGA-Europe country page for Latvia

 
 

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