Introduction Establishing a “Gay Life in Estonia” is becoming an achievable reality through education, tolerance and government support. Estonia is a small country with hope in the air and in the streets that reaching a level of gay tolerance and presence will not take a decade more and not through bloodshed and social upheaval. First, both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Estonia, having been decriminalized in 1992. Second, in 2006 only 21% of the population were willing to accept gay marriage; by 2009 the approval rate was up to 32%. Third, Gay Pride Parades have been organized since 2004 with much less opposition than in the other Baltic countries, Latvia and Lithuania. In 2011 the Pride event was attended by Estonian government officials as well as the British ambassador and EU representatives. Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com March 2012 Cause For Celebration In November 2011,See the Full Version Here
Homosexual sex was legalized in Estonia in 1992. The age of consent is 14 years and was equalized for both homosexual and heterosexual sex in 2001. Homosexuals are not banned from military service. There is no law against homosexuals. As an obligation for acceptance into the European Union, Estonia transposed an EU directive into its own laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment from May 1, 2004. The Equal Treatment Act, in discussion as of 2008, will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in areas other than employment, such as health care, social security, education and the provision of goods and services. There are several gay clubs in Tallinn. Pride parades have been organized since 2004 but have met with sometimes violent right-wing homophobic opposition mobs. LGBT Travelers should check out our new Estonia Gay Lodging Directory.
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Capital: Tallinn - Pop. 400200
Area: 45227 sq. km. / sq. miles.
Religion: Mostly none; some Evangelical Lutherans
Status of Homosexuality: Legal
Telephone Country Code: 372
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